Philosophy is for people who find they are bothered by questions that their friends can cheerfully ignore. They do not want to settle for conventional answers and received wisdom, but rather arrive at answers that stand up to the most searching examination. Studying undergraduate Philosophy at the University of Birmingham will give you access to world-class talent in fields as diverse as Metaphysics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and the Philosophy of Mind. On this degree course, we will develop and refine your philosophical skills and background knowledge to enable you to engage with some of the deepest questions human beings have ever asked. You will meet the great minds of history and the present day on equal terms, not just learning what they thought, but engaging with them critically. In the first year of your degree, you will focus on the fundamentals of western philosophy, including its history and contemporary concerns. In your second and final year, you will have the opportunity to tailor your course so that you can focus on the areas of Philosophy that interest you most. Taught by the very best - You will study alongside some of the finest minds in Philosophy. Times Higher Education ranked the Department 2nd in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. Why study this course? Outstanding student experience – You will have a variety of opportunities to enhance your student experience during your degree, including regular coffee mornings for staff and students, visiting speakers, specialist lectures, and a variety of trips. Our students gave the Philosophy course an overall satisfaction rating of 91% in the National Student Survey 2021. Fantastic module variety – The amount of optional modules on offer will allow you to specialise more as you progress through your degree course so that you can study areas of the discipline that interest you most. Modules such as Minds, Brains and Computers: Issues in Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Reasons to Believe: Topics in Epistemology and Fantastic Beasts and How to Understand them: Topics in Philosophy of Biology Philosophy from all angles - We tackle philosophy from a wide range of perspectives ranging from Classical and Medieval to Continental, Eastern and Latin American. Not only do we teach it, but you can also live it as part of your year abroad with more 200 international university partners. Leading the Discourse - The Department is at the forefront of philosophical discussion and debate. Our Centres for Global Ethics and Philosophical Religion collaborate across disciplines and borders. Our world leading research as part of Mental Health Humanities at Birmingham is pushing the boundaries of cross disciplinary dialogue in the universities dynamic mental health research agenda.
First-year modules cover a broad base of the subject and are designed to introduce you to ways of studying at university. By the final year the modules you take will become more specialised and reflect the research expertise of the academic staff. More detailed module information can be found on the ‘Course detail’ tab on the University of Birmingham’s coursefinder web pages.
How to apply
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The following entry points are available for this course:
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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|