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Physics and Philosophy

Physics and Philosophy combines the high-level study of Physics with relevant areas of Philosophy, whilst also allowing for specialisation in either discipline in the optional fourth year (thus permitting the study of more Philosophy papers than any other Oxford course except for Computer Science and Philosophy or Mathematics and Philosophy). It will appeal to those who wish to understand the problems of modern physics – especially Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Theory – from both technical and philosophical points of view. The course is demanding but rewarding, with a high proportion of students achieving First Class Honours.

Current Students at Hertford

Information for current students, organised by year-group, is available from the links at the left of this page, or by clicking on: First Year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year. Numbers within each year-group are shown in the sidebar. Click here to link to the Physics and Philosophy Course Handbook (within Philosophy WebLearn), and here for the formal Examination Regulations (Grey Book).


Hertford College does not have a quota for places in Physics and Philosophy, since recruitment depends on the competition amongst applicants in Physics We will admit candidates in Physics and Philosophy if they show aptitude and interest in Philosophy, and are good enough to qualify in the competition amongst the applicants for places in Physics. Applications are very much welcomed, since the Fellow in Philosophy, Peter Millican, has a strong interest in links between the two disciplines (see for example his computer model of the Two Slit Experiment at www.philocomp.net).

For details of application procedures etc., please consult the University website on Admissions in Physics and Philosophy.

First Year Programme

For details of the first year programme in Physics and Philosophy, see the page on Physics and Philosophy, First Year.

Upper Year Choices

For a brief summary of Philosophy requirements and options, see the page on Philosophy Upper Year Lectures.