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BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Philosophy

BA (Hons) Philosophy

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB/A*BB/A*AC

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Philosophy is an engaging yet demanding activity that will challenge your thinking, giving you a greater understanding of your own nature and that of the world around you. You will need genuine intellectual curiosity and a willingness to carefully weigh up different points of view.

We will give you the tools to think seriously and independently about major philosophical questions. Studying original texts from great minds both past and present you will learn to form, develop and defend your own answers.

Along the way you will develop valuable skills in reasoning, analysis, creative problem-solving and communication, equipping you for a wide range of careers.

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Year 1

In your first year, you'll gain a firm grounding in philosophy, learning how to study, think and write philosophically, and developing your skills in reasoning and argument.

We'll introduce you to some of the central areas of philosophy and challenge you to form your own opinions about the bigger questions. You'll explore ethics, be introduced to the language of logic, and question the fundamental nature of reality. You'll consider questions about the nature of knowledge, how we get it, and whether we can be sure that we have it! You'll have the opportunity to cover philosophy from ancient Greece, to the 17th and 18th centuries, to the contemporary. 

In your First Year Project you'll research the ideas of a major philosopher who has shaped historical or current debates. You'll develop critical and presentation skills, and pursue your own independent research. 

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Beginning Philosophy 

  • Reason and Argument 

  • Ethics 

  • Knowledge and Perception 

  • Early Modern Philosophy 

  • Ancient Philosophy 

  • Metaphysics 

  • The First Year Project 

Year 2

In the second year, your core studies will probably include working together to produce a podcast on a philosophical issue. You'll also choose from a range of option modules, which explore key ideas across theoretical philosophy, the history of philosophy, and philosophical approaches to value.

Core module example

  • Engaging Philosophy

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Theoretical Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Science

  • Philosophy of Mind

  • Philosophy of Language

  • Metaphysics

  • Intermediate Logic

Value in Philosophy

  • Feminist Philosophy

  • Aesthetics

  • Religious Ethics

  • Ethical Theory

  • Applied Ethics

  • Politics and Freedom: Anarchism and Conservatism

History of Philosophy

  • Lived Experiences: Introduction to Phenomenology

  • Nietzsche and Existentialism

  • Kant’s Theoretical and Practical Philosophy

  • Aristotle

  • Hume’s Empiricism

  • Rationalism: Spinoza and Leibniz

Other choices for modules 

You may take an elective module offered by another department, or a Languages For All module.

You may take History of Political Thought or Contemporary Political Philosophy.

Modules may change from year to year, but all will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.

Year 3

In the third year you'll specialise further, choosing from a wide range of modules based on our latest research, enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests. The modules available vary from year to year.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Buddhism as Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Christianity

  • Idolatry and Tradition: The Philosophy of Maimonides and Crescas 

  • Happiness, Utility and Wellbeing

  • Mind and Morality

  • Cognitive Anomalies, Decision-Making and Democracy

  • Philosophy of Grief

  • Property and Self-ownership

  • Philosophy of Literature

  • Philosophy of Recognition

  • Consciousness

  • From Marx to Critical Theory 

  • Philosophy of Law 

  • Philosophy of Psychology 

  • German Idealism: Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy 

  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics 

  • Foundations of Maths 

  • Philosophy of Physics 

  • Long Dissertation 

  • Short Dissertation  

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of careers including:

  • central and local government

  • charities

  • education

  • finance and management

  • HR 

  • IT

  • media

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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