History and Philosophy BA

A knowledge of philosophy can make you a very effective student of history, and your history modules will help you to understand the context of some of the great works of philosophy. You'll also develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour across time and place.

In history, you'll study past societies from the late Roman through to the modern period, and explore political, social and cultural themes. You'll be engaged in real research from the very beginning of your course, learning to exercise independent judgement, to be critical of accepted opinion and to present your arguments effectively. We keep our seminar groups small because we want to make sure everyone takes part in the discussion.

In philosophy, you'll study the essential cornerstones of the subject (including philosophy of language, ethics, metaphysics and logic) alongside specialist modules. Topics range from philosophy of education, law or medicine, to film and philosophy, or feminism. You'll also study the history of the subject from Plato to the French existentialists.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the Department of Philosophy and the Department of History. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests.

At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between philosophy and history or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

Throughout your degree, you'll be studying in an environment dedicated to high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement.

Outside of your degree, there are many ways to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties. For example, our award-winning student-led volunteering project Philosophy in the City introduces school children to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday life.

Dual and combined honours degrees

BA Award
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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Standard offer

Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

AAB

typically including History or Classical Civilisation

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

ABB

typically including History or Classical Civilisation

A Levels + additional qualifications

| ABB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation + B in a relevant EPQ

ABB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation + B in a relevant EPQ

International Baccalaureate

| 34, typically with 5 in Higher Level History

33, typically with 5 in Higher Level History

BTEC

| DD in a relevant subject + A at A Level typically in History or Classical Civilisation

DD in a relevant subject + B at A Level typically in History or Classical Civilisation

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher

| AAABB + B typically in History

AABBB + B typically in History

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels

| B + AA, typically including History or Classical Civilisation

B + AB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation

Access to HE Diploma

| 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction (to include History units) and 9 credits at Merit

60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction (to include History units) and 15 credits at Merit

Mature students - explore other routes for mature students

English language requirements | You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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