Studying Philosophy of Physics

According to the 2011 Philosophical Gourmet Report, the top-5 universities – when it comes to Philosophy of Physics – are:

  1. Oxford University
  2. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  3. University of California, Irvine
  4. University of Pittsburgh
  5. Cambridge University

Oxford University offers a 4-year undergraduate Physics and Philosophy course (in fact, Oxford does not offer a pure philosophy undergraduate program but always combines philosophy with another topic). The MSt in Philosophy of Physics is designed specifically for students with a background in Physics but with limited exposure to philosophy, and graduating this program with sufficiently high grades gives access to the DPhil in Philosophy.

Within the Netherlands, Groningen University and Utrecht University provide good Philosophy of Physics programs. Groningen offers a BA in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, which can complement any other `main program’. Within one year the student is given a general introduction into philosophy, combined with courses on the philosophical foundations of one’s ‘main program’, eg Physics – this extra year results in a BA degree. Unfortunately the program is currently taught in Dutch only. Utrecht University offers a MSc in History and Philosophy of Science, which allows one to choose several Philosophy of Physics lecture courses.

For other universities, check out this useful Wiki by Shawn Miller.