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. 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 degree course so that you can focus on the areas of Philosophy that interest you most. Why study this course? 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. Taught by the very best - You will study alongside some of the finest minds in Philosophy. The Department is first in the country for its performance in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 based on Grade Point Average. Philosophy from all angles - Explore topics such as the Philosophy of Time, Mind, Science and Mental Health, as well as Applied Ethics, Metaphysics and Sexual Ethics. 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. Leading the Discourse - The Department is at the forefront of philosophical discussion and debate. 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. Top 10 for undergraduate Philosophy in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 1st Department of Philosophy came top in the Research Excellence Framework exercise 2021 based on Grade Point Average (Times Higher Education) 95% of students in work or further study within 15 months of the course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2022)
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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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|