Birkbeck, University of London

Philosophy with Foundation Year Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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Come and explore some of the most profound questions it is possible to ask with some of the most eminent philosophers in the country. What makes something good or just? Is the human mind just a lump of grey matter? Can I know that I'm not trapped inside The Matrix? Do we have free will? Does God exist? Does science provide us with a special kind of knowledge? Who decides what counts as beautiful?

This prestigious degree provides a thorough grounding in the central areas of philosophy for students from all educational backgrounds. It fosters independent judgement, original thought and the ability to analyse complex ideas and arguments. It offers a wide range of option modules, with some offered at King's College London (KCL).

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA Philosophy.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Birkbeck's Department of Philosophy is a leading centre for philosophical research in the UK. All of our established members of academic staff are active researchers, and the Department’s excellence in both teaching and research is consistently reflected in UK and international surveys.

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked 15th in the UK, with a research environment judged conducive to producing internationally excellent research.

  • In the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-2015, Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked among the strongest in the UK, and was highly ranked in philosophy of action, philosophy of art, seventeenth-century philosophy and feminist philosophy.

  • The Department of Philosophy is a member of the University of London’s Institute of Philosophy. Students in the Department therefore belong to a large, intercollegiate community of philosophers, and are welcome at a range of seminars, lectures, talks and conferences.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Modules run over the course of an academic year.

Level 4 modules are assessed by a combination of coursework (either short writing assignments or logic exercises) and a short-answer examination.
Level 5 modules are assessed by a combination of essay (2000 words) and a take-home, short-answer examination.
Level 6 modules are assessed entirely by essay (3000 words).


How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code V501
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If you are an EU or International student and you are interested in this programme, please contact our International Team for advice and guidance.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,325 Year 1
International £13,675 Year 1
England £6,325 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,325 Year 1
Scotland £6,325 Year 1
Wales £6,325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full-time home/EU students, Year 1: £6325 pa Full-time international students, Year 1: £13675 pa Full-time home/EU students, Year 2+: £9250 pa Full-time international students, Year 2+: £13675 pa Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Provider information

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Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
Bloomsbury
Camden
WC1E 7HX


Clearing contact details

Admissions Office

020 3907 0700


Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

0203 907 0700