University of Sheffield

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Our degree is broad and flexible. You can select to study key central areas of philosophy such as metaphysics, knowledge, ethics, religion, mind, logic, language or political philosophy. You can also choose options which are highly relevant in today’s world but which are not commonly offered elsewhere. These include philosophy of education, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, global justice, climate change, film and philosophy, classical Chinese philosophy, and feminism. You can also study an unusual range of figures in the history of philosophy, from ‘analytic’ to ‘continental’ and from the Greeks to the twentieth century, including Plato, Descartes, Hegel and Sartre. At Sheffield, we work in engaged philosophy. We believe that philosophy sheds light on complex aspects of our existence and, at its best, can help people to make sense of the world and their lives in empowering ways. All our teaching is underpinned with excellent research – the department was ranked second in the UK for the quality of our publications (REF 2014). The department is known for its friendly, supportive and collegial atmosphere and offers a wide range of academic and social activities, including a dynamic Philosophy Society, and a popular reading weekend. Our students also work in the community on our award-winning Philosophy in the City project, which introduces schoolchildren to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday life. Our graduates have robust analytical skills, excellent presentation and research skills, the ability to work independently and in teams and, crucially, can develop convincing arguments to influence complex decision-making. These skills are highly valued by employers and transfer well into many types of working environments including teaching, law, social work, journalism, the civil service, charities and business.

Course details


The Sheffield year is made up of 2 semesters. You’ll take 3 modules (or equivalent) in each semester. Assessment for your modules will take place at the end of each semester. For each module , you’ll attend lectures with the whole class, as well as smaller group tutorials or seminars, where you have the opportunity to discuss the topic in more detail, and to try out your own ideas. In the first year you have the option to combine your philosophy modules with subjects in other departments. For instance: you may want to study a language or take a course in sociology or journalism. Your second and third years will typically be devoted to philosophy modules.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £20000 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - Further information -

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