Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Philosophy with a Year Abroad

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Course summary

Our Philosophy with a Year Abroad degree introduces you to major philosophical theories and debates across different traditions and cultures and examines what it means to be human, how we should live, and the nature of reality itself. It addresses these issues from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. It has a strong practical focus, which encourages students not only to understand the world around them, but also to work out how to change it for the better. As a Philosophy student, you will explore fundamental questions concerning knowledge, reality, truth, morality, politics, human nature, and logic. You will learn about thinkers and theories from the ancient Greek world through to the present day. 85% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (NSS 2022). The programme encourages students to apply philosophical ideas to contemporary moral, social and political issues, and debates, demonstrating the importance of philosophy to our daily lives and society in general. You will also develop key transferable skills which will open up a wide range of career opportunities. Philosophy equips students with key intellectual skills that are much sought-after by many employers. These include critical and creative thinking, logical problem-solving, open-mindedness and effective information analysis. Philosophy graduates can look at careers in human resources (HR), finance and marketing, public relations (PR) and sales. They are also well-equipped for the civil service and teaching. You will spend a year abroad between your second and final year, broadening your skills and experience. Our partner institutions span the globe, with opportunities varying each year. If you wish to receive more information, please get in touch with us on [email protected]


Your first year of study is made up of compulsory modules covering a range of themes. Compulsory modules are studied by all students on the programme, meaning you are automatically enrolled. Examples of compulsory modules include: • Critical Reasoning • Living Well and Doing Good - An Introduction to Ethics • Fundamental Issues in Philosophy In your second and third year you will study a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, from an expansive range of subject areas. Examples of optional modules in recent years have included: • Contemporary Moral Controversies • Freedom, Angst and the Embodied Self: Themes in Continental Philosophy • Philosophy of Mind and Emotion • Digital Futures • Philosophy, Mental Health and Illness You will have the opportunity to spend a year abroad between your second and final year, broadening your skills and experiencing different cultures. Our partner institutions span the globe, with opportunities varying each year Your final year will include a compulsory independent dissertation project. For the full programme structure and module breakdown, please visit our webpage at: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-sciences/politics-philosophy-international-relations/ba-philosophy

Assessment method

We offer a variety of assessment methods within our programmes. In addition to traditional examinations and essays, examples of alternative assessment include: • Presentations • Group Work • Original Writing Throughout your undergraduate Philosophy degree, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. For full breakdown of course structure and assessment please visit our course page: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-sciences/politics-philosophy-international-relations/ba-philosophy or get in touch with us at [email protected]

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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