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This philosophy degree examines our most fundamental beliefs about truth and reality and challenges society's views on how we should live. It will equip you with the ability to think logically, to evaluate arguments critically, and to challenge your own ideas and those of other people. We will give you an understanding of the central philosophical principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures, and you will learn how to make a good case for your views on questions about truth, reality, right and wrong.
You will be taught by leading experts whose research strengths lie especially in moral philosophy and the philosophy of the mind and language. You will also have the chance to study non-Western philosophies, especially Indian philosophy.
Philosophy is a flexible degree allowing you to shape your studies to your interests. You take six modules in your first year and only one is compulsory: "Reason and argument" will introduce you to the general skills required for all philosophy. You can also select modules from outside the department. In years two and three you will have the opportunity to explore your chosen topics in more depth, with modules such as "Ethics and animals", "Philosophy of crime and punishment" and "Philosophy of religion".
We teach you the skills you need step-by-step, so that you are prepared for modules in specialised areas of philosophy, taught by expert academics, and featuring strong input from their research. Our small class sizes ensure that students receive dedicated individual attention and, in 2018, we achieved an 87% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey.
You will be taught in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with teaching staff and fellow students. You will be encouraged to undertake work placements to put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice as well as allowing you to gain valuable real-world experience, and there is the opportunity to study abroad in your second or third year.
You can undertake a placement at any point in your degree and work in a company or charity relevant to your final year studies. For example, a previous student worked at a zoo to learn more about the ethical treatment of animals.
Partner institutions include universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan or Australia.
Throughout our degrees, students complete career- and skills-related modules, encouraging them to think about what careers they would like and what skills they will need.
Philosophy will give you a range of transferable skills. In particular, skills in clear thinking, logical analysis and the critical assessment of argument are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers such as law, politics, management and marketing.
Recent graduates have found employment in the Civil Service, journalism, consultancy, finance, local and central government, and recent employers have included the Ministry of Defence, Cambridge University Press, local authorities and other universities.
Around one in four of our students continue their studies, including conversion courses and teacher training.
Sample modules may include:
- Reason and argument
- Oppression, inequality, and the enemies of democracy
- Global philosophy
- Are we free?
- God and religious belief
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
How to apply
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|to D: 15 credits and M: 30 credits|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB - ABBBB|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M2 - M2, M2, M2|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 - 30 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H3|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||Not accepted|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DD - DM||The Cambridge Technical Diploma is only accepted when taken alongside one other acceptable level 3 qualification such as an A level or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||DDM||The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate can also be accepted when taken alongside two other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a Cambridge Technical Diploma.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DDM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||DDM||The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma can also be accepted when taken alongside two other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a Cambridge Technical Diploma.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD - DM||The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is only accepted when taken alongside one other acceptable level 3 qualification such as an A level or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate can also be accepted when taken alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications e.g. two A levels or a BTEC National Diploma.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||ABB - BBB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A - B||The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved.|
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or 200 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||7.0||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|PTE Academic||67.0||We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100.0||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|