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About the course
Explore fundamental philosophical questions – about ethics, consciousness, God, and the universe.
Use philosophy to tackle important current issues – climate justice, freedom from oppression, and critical thinking in a post-truth world.
Prepare to excel in a whole host of careers – teaching, law, environmental work and more!
Studying philosophy is one of the most exhilarating ways to spend your student years. It’s also life changing, prompting you to reflect on your values, and your contribution to the wider world. If you want to ask difficult questions and challenge the things that others take for granted, then you’ll thrive on this degree.
Philosophy is a fantastic degree choice for independent thinkers, and – beyond studying it for its own sake – it will help you prepare for any number of careers that involve asking questions, gathering evidence, drawing conclusions and then communicating your arguments, such as within law, politics, journalism, and even advertising.
You don’t need to have studied Philosophy before to join our degree programme. You simply need to be prepared to get stuck in – and to challenge everything. Your studies will begin with carefully designed introductory modules, which lay the foundations across all fields.
You will study great contemporary thinkers as well as those from the past, grapple with puzzles about ethics, God and religion, about the mind, about language and how it relates to the world. What is there? How do we know? Does science have all the answers? What if there is a God? When, if ever, has anyone found the answers to these questions? These are just a few of the questions you’ll investigate. You can explore the philosophies of the non-Western world, engage with burning political or environmental issues, or examine the thinking behind literature or film. And your teachers will be scholars currently engaged in cutting-edge research in all these fields.
You can build your own tailored studies through your second and third years, when you’ll have an open choice of philosophy themes to follow. Examples include environmental philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, logic, philosophy of art, literature and film, and various opportunities to study the work of ancient and modern thinkers. In your final year you might choose to undertake a one-to-one dissertation or enroll for a small group special subject.
Our “guided options” system also allows you to take a sequence of appropriate classes from other departments that contribute to a particular theme: the themes currently on offer include gender studies, classical ideas, creative writing, film studies, or languages and culture. You can choose to broaden your studies by following one of these themes for one, two or all three years of your degree.
Philosophy thrives on discussion. That is why you will explore and debate topics with your lecturers and fellow students in small discussion groups – as well as through lectures and independent study. You’ll also develop your thinking and communication skills through a variety of types of written work and exercises, some for practice, some for assessment.
Throughout your time at UEA you’ll work in close partnership with our lecturers and professors, who have produced work that’s discussed the world over. Studying at the forefront of philosophical thinking, you’ll be listening to your lecturers as they develop new ideas, and helping them to identify new ways forward.
Even when studying texts from the past, Philosophy involves fresh thinking, so our module content is newly worked over every time it’s delivered and discussed. It’s exciting stuff!
Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: www.uea.ac.uk
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 0 credits
M: 45 credits
|Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||31 points||If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||CCC|
GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk or email email@example.com
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)|
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English Language qualifications. Please check our website for details.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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