Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy [with Placement year]

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Course summary

Grapple with the big questions that have puzzled humans for centuries by studying for our BA (Hons) Philosophy degree in the heart of Cambridge. ‘Who are we?’, ‘what can we know?’, and ‘what should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ are just a few of the questions you’ll consider as you discover how great minds, past and present, have tried to answer them. As a BA (Hons) Philosophy student at ARU, you'll understand both the history of philosophy, as well as cutting edge debates in contemporary philosophy, within areas such as the Philosophy of AI, Ethics and the Philosophy of Art. Your studies will be supported by our expert philosophy lecturers, who offer one-to-one tutoring and personalised feedback. It’s this support that helped our course rank as top Philosophy degree in the UK (National Student Survey 2020), as well as top for ’Satisfied with Feedback’ (The Guardian University Guide 2021). You’ll develop your problem solving, critical thinking and judgement skills by analysing major philosophers’ ideas and arguments, developing your own views through rigorous, systematic and creative thought, and learning to use philosophical methods in your everyday life. These are important skills, with the World Economic Forum ranking complex problem solving and critical thinking among the top ten skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. As a Philosophy graduate you’ll have a wide range of careers open to you and you can take an optional placement year to discover what sort of role you’re best suited to. There’s the chance to engage in philosophical discussions and debates through the student-led Philosophy Society, and attend events such as our Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series. You could also boost your employability by learning a language with our Anglia Language Programme, or studying abroad for a semester.

Course details


Core Modules Year 1: Ancient Philosophy. Reason and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophy. Rights and Responsibilities. World Philosophies. Year 2: Ethics in Theory and Practice. Ruskin Module. Mind and Cognition. Kant and the Empiricists. Year 3: Work Placement (Humanities and Social Sciences). Year 4: Undergraduate Major Project - Philosophy. Knowledge, Truth and Doubt. Optional Modules (Subject to availability) Year 2: Making a Difference. Descartes and the Rationalists. AI and Philosophies of the Future. A Module from the Anglia Language Programme. Philosophy of Art and Image. Working With Philosophy. A Module from the Anglia Language Programme. Year 4: Experiencing God. Politics and Social Media. Heidegger and Phenomenology. Concepts of Good and Evil. Language, Flesh, Philosophy.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress on the course through a variety of methods likely to be used in the workplace, including presentations, research projects, reviews, reports and portfolios, as well as more traditional essays and your final major project.

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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
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change) 2022 international fees are to be confirmed
Philosophy [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS