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Philosophy

If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our Philosophy degree is for you.

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UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

BA Philosophy 
UCAS Code: V502
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BA Heritage & Philosophy
UCAS Code: HGP1
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BA Philosophy & Anthropology
UCAS Code: VL56
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BA Philosophy & History
UCAS Code: VV5C
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BA Theology & Philosophy
UCAS Code: VVP5
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BA Chinese Studies & Philosophy
UCAS Code: TV1M
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BA Classical Civilisation & Philosophy
UCAS Code: PHC1
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BA Philosophy & English Literature
UCAS Code: VQ53
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BA Philosophy & Medieval Studies
UCAS Code: VV5D
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BA Philosophy with Applied Psychology 
UCAS Code: 4H62
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Course Length:
3 years
part-time study available

Why choose this course?

  • Philosophy explores the big questions – Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, vision and imagination.
  • Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think, challenging one's beliefs and assumptions about the world. 
  • Studying philosophy encourages the development of core skills highly prized by employers: the ability to think clearly, logically, and creatively; communicate articulately and accurately; analyse critically and rigorously. Philosophy graduates are all-rounders: thoughtful, insightful, and versatile. 
  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.
  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

Philosophy explores the big questions - Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination.

Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.

If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our philosophy degree is for you.

Modules

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of philosophy generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues.

Some of the areas of study include, for example, ethics, self and identity, knowledge and reality, equality, justice, existentialism, animal ethics, political philosophy, environmental issues, freedom, Buddhist philosophy, and the history of ideas (spanning from the Pre-Socratic period through to the early modern period and contemporary philosophy).

You will have the opportunity to study the works of some of the greatest philosophers of all time, including, for example, Plato, Aristotle, Russell, Sartre and Wittgenstein. Options to study abroad may also be available.

Assessment

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate transferable work skill

  • Administrative work
  • Advocacy and government relations jobs
  • Analyst jobs
  • Committee work
  • Education
  • Environmental work 
  • Ethics advisors and other advisory work
  • Fundraising
  • Law
  • Media and journalism
  • NGOs and charities
  • Politics and Civil Service
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Bursary / Scholarship Information