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Hi, I'm really interested in doing a degree in Physics and Philosophy - I think it's really important to do a degree in what you love and I quite like the idea of combining Physics with something Englishy.

I'm just a bit concerned about the future career prospects of someone with such a degree - would going into a Physics masters even be an option? If I wanted to go into something not directly related but similar, such as finance, would I be overlooked for someone with a pure Physics degree? Also, how much lower would a graduate starting salary be?

If anyone with a degree in this can let me know about your experience/anyone you know, it would be really apprectiated!
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(Original post by silverflowers)
Hi, I'm really interested in doing a degree in Physics and Philosophy - I think it's really important to do a degree in what you love and I quite like the idea of combining Physics with something Englishy.

I'm just a bit concerned about the future career prospects of someone with such a degree - would going into a Physics masters even be an option? If I wanted to go into something not directly related but similar, such as finance, would I be overlooked for someone with a pure Physics degree? Also, how much lower would a graduate starting salary be?

If anyone with a degree in this can let me know about your experience/anyone you know, it would be really apprectiated!
Hi there,

I did a BSc in Physics and Philosophy at the University of Sheffield (now doing a science communication masters) and it has been a great overall experience for me, and a great way to keep options a bit broader than just studying physics.

My experience at Sheffield was that a dual degree wasn't going to be a hinderance to a career, and being overlooked for a role because of having philosophy wasn't something I really considered as an issue. The University of Sheffield physics department are very supportive in helping you work out what career path you want to follow and discuss options of switching from a BSc to MSc during first year.
In in first you cover all the core parts of the course, even when on the combined degree with philosophy, which means you have a strong physics base if you decide that you want to switch to a straight physics degree rather than dual honours. While doing the dual honours you still cover all the core skills of a physics degree as you go along, with some of the optional modules so you can specialise more too.

I would also consider that for something like finance, philosophy may be a bonus rather than a hinderance in applying for it as it offers another side to your logical thinking and problem solving, complimenting the physics skills.

Hope that helps and happy to answer any more questions about the degree at Sheffield!

Sarah
4th year
BSc Physics and Philosophy, MSc Science Communication
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Depends which Physics & Philosophy degree you do and which modules you take on it whether you could continue to a masters in physics or not. Something like the Oxford PhysPhil course which is pretty much just their physics course without the labs for the first two years would be fine if you took sufficient physics papers to cover core areas in the later years. For degrees elsewhere it would probably depend on the course structure.

Finance isn't related to physics, and finance and other financial services grad schemes won't care whether you did a physics degree or a physics & philosophy degree (or for less quantitative areas of financial services like investment banking or accounting, even if you did something totally unrelated and non-mathematical like Assyriology). Graduate recruiters don't decide on your salary based on what subject(s) you studied. They also by and large don't care what subject you studied.
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