Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy

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Course summary

The study of philosophy at Durham does not follow one particular school. The Department is unique in the UK in its wide-ranging expertise in anglo-american analytical philosophy and continental philosophy. Each of these has its own distinctive set of issues and approaches to resolving them. We also have special expertise in the philosophy of science, and social science, and the history of science and medicine. So at Durham, you will follow one of the widest-ranging philosophy degrees in the country. Philosophy is a new subject for many students, so in your first year, you follow a range of introductory courses, introducing the fundamental philosophical subject areas. Year 1 In their first year, you will take the Philosophy core modules of Ethics and Values, Knowledge and Reality, Philosophical Traditions, and Reading Philosophy. Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works by writers such as Plato, Hume, and Sartre. You will also take two further modules, which can be chosen from Science, Medicine and Society, European Philosophy, or an 'elective' module being offered by another department within the University. Years 2 and 3 In the second and third years, you will have a choice of a wide range of topics. In previous years these have included: Moral Theory Modern Philosophy I and II History of Science and Medicine Issues in Contemporary Ethics Philosophy of Religion Political Philosophy Metaphysics Language, Logic and Reality Twentieth Century European Philosophy Philosophy of Science The Philosophy of Economics and Politics: Theory, Methods and Values Applied Ethics Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science History and Philosophy of Psychiatry Biomedical Ethics Past and Present Philosophy of Mind. You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial Dissertation on a topic of your choice, in your third year. As well as choosing modules from within the Philosophy Department in your second and third years, you can also opt to choose 'elective' modules offered by other departments within the University. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 In their first year, you will take the Philosophy core modules of Ethics and Values, Knowledge and Reality, Philosophical Traditions, and Reading Philosophy. Reading Philosophy is a text-based course which examines in depth classic works by writers such as Plato, Hume, and Sartre. You will also take two further modules, which can be chosen from Science, Medicine and Society, European Philosophy, or an 'elective' module being offered by another department within the University. Years 2 and 3 In the second and third years, you will have a choice of a wide range of topics. In previous years these have included: Moral Theory Modern Philosophy I and II History of Science and Medicine Issues in Contemporary Ethics Philosophy of Religion Political Philosophy Metaphysics Language, Logic and Reality Twentieth Century European Philosophy Philosophy of Science The Philosophy of Economics and Politics: Theory, Methods and Values Applied Ethics Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science History and Philosophy of Psychiatry Biomedical Ethics Past and Present Philosophy of Mind. You will also have the opportunity to study a subject in depth, by writing a substantial Dissertation on a topic of your choice, in your third year. As well as choosing modules from within the Philosophy Department in your second and third years, you can also opt to choose 'elective' modules offered by other departments within the University. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

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https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £22900 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £22900 Year 1

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