University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Philosophy and History of Science

The emphasis of the programme is on philosophical issues arising from specific scientific disciplines, with special emphasis on physics, biology and mathematics. The history of science is studied in terms of the philosophical debate about the nature of scientific method and knowledge. All students are encouraged to participate in both the weekly departmental research seminar and the weekly philosophy and history of science research seminar. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you are encouraged to present your own work, and where you will learn to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in philosophy or in a combination of subjects that include philosophy. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Course modules

You will take 6 taught units (2 compulsory and 4 optional). Core Units: epistemology and metaphysics seminar; philosophical writing and research seminar. Optional units: history of science; philosophy and history of mathematics; philosophy and history of medicine; philosophy of biology; philosophy of physics; philosophy of psychology; an individual, supervised research project; dissertation.

Assessment methods

These include a dissertation and supervisory meetings.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board; University of Bristol MA bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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0117 331 8443