Natural Philosophy

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


Natural Philosophy explores the big questions of “life, the universe and everything” and involves understanding how the universe works, but also thinking about the philosophical ramifications of these great theories. The programme combines courses from Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy to provide a deep understanding of the natural world and its fundamental principles.

In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the natural world, and in particular concepts such as quantum mechanics, optics, motion, gravity, electricity, and magnetism, this interdisciplinary programme also allows you to explore how our philosophical understanding of the natural world has evolved over time and led us to modern advances in science and technology.

Physics is the major component of the degree, and you will acquire a knowledge of its theory and practice, sufficient to equip you for a physics career, if you choose.

If you would like to focus on the philosophical side of the subject, you can tailor your syllabus at year 1 and 2 to give yourself the choice before year 3 of Philosophy-Physics or Single Honours Philosophy.

Entry Requirements

202 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB including Maths and Physics (by end of S6) plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including a relevant subject at A.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

SCQF Level



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