University of Bristol

Philosophy and History of Science

The University of Bristol ranks among the top European institutions for philosophy and history of science. Our expertise is in a broad range of areas related to the philosophy and history of the specific sciences, including physics, biology, mathematics, logic, medicine and psychology. Our MA draws on these strengths. It is intended both for students who have a first degree in philosophy who wish to specialise in philosophy and history of science at a higher level, and for individuals with a background in pure science who wish to make a transition to philosophy and history of science or to explore foundational issues within the sciences. The emphasis of the programme is on philosophical issues arising from specific scientific disciplines, with a particular focus 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. You will be an active member of the department's flourishing research culture. All students are encouraged to participate in both the weekly departmental research seminar and the weekly Philosophy and History of Science research seminar, which often features well-known scholars in the field, from Bristol and beyond. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you are encouraged to present your own work and you will learn to develop argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.

Course modules

You will take six taught units (two compulsory and four optional). Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two will allow you to progress to writing a dissertation of at most 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. You will have supervisory meetings with a member of staff who will provide feedback on a draft of your work. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Philosophy and History of Science. (

Sponsorship information

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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