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BA(Hons)

Philosophy (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
V50F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Katrina Mitcheson and Dr Dagmar Wilhelm
Key fact:
This course was ranked 7th nationally for Philosophy in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Page last updated 9 October 2017

Introduction

Why study philosophy?

By examining life's fundamental questions, philosophy helps to shape the way we think about the world.

What are the ethical, political and social questions we need to ask ourselves? What can we know? And how can we change the world using our knowledge?'

Exploring questions such as these hones and develops your thinking skills, and provides a strong springboard into many professions. 

Why study at UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Philosophy is a diverse and distinctive degree that will give you the broad grounding you need for your own philosophical work, and the inspiration to tackle life's big issues for yourself.

Studying in a close-knit group of students and lecturers, you'll engage with the history of philosophy, from its beginnings in ancient Greece to the great minds of 19th, 20th and 21st century European philosophers.

You'll learn how to analyse complex issues from different perspectives, present logical, reasoned arguments, and communicate concepts and opinions with clarity and precision. 

Benefit from a diverse range of work-based learning opportunities from teaching philosophy in schools, to organising your own philosophy conference.

Apply your knowledge and expertise on a work placement and add to your experience with the option of spending a year studying in Europe or America.

With options for final year specialisms that include links with sociology, politics and robotics, you'll develop the skills and knowledge that will equip you well for your career and life in general.

Where can it take me?

Our philosophy graduates are in demand across journalism, law, banking, the creative industries and all kinds of business management.

You could work in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or specialise in teaching, research, counselling or healthcare, among many other areas.

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Social Sciences
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Theories of Knowledge
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Problems of the Self
  • The Death of God and the Meaning of Life.

Year two

You will study:

  • Metaphysics
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Nature and Use of Research.

Plus up to four optional modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Marxist Philosophies
  • Theoretical Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Art I
  • Philosophy of Art II
  • Nineteenth Century German Philosophy.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module. See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement module.

Plus up to five optional modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Ethics of Technology
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Advanced Philosophical Texts
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy I
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy II
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Theories of Justice
  • Ethical Issues in Politics.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

A diverse course of study, from pre-socratic to contemporary philosophy, covering questions from how we can have knowledge of the external world to how we should live our lives and adapt to technological change.

You'll get a solid foundation in the central issues of philosophy and develop your own unique path of study based on your interests and strengths.

Attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and work on projects on your own and in groups.

Join our close-knit study community, develop as an independent learner, and be taught, mentored and encouraged by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.  

Passionate about philosophy and working at the forefront of the subject, many lecturers are current writers and bring contemporary philosophical issues into their teaching.

Partake in the practice of philosophy itself, and develop your own philosophical knowledge.

Our staff are there to support and guide you. You'll get regular feedback on your work and we'll ask you for regular feedback on your modules.

Join a staff-student committee, where you'll get to influencediscussions that affect your learning experience.

Our Student Adviser Service can help with everything from ensuring you're enrolled on the correct modules, to paying fees.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Interesting projects

Experience teaching philosophy yourself through a project we run with local schools.

Come along to our World Philosophy Day to find out about the latest research we're working on.  

Join our thriving, student-run Philosophy Society to hear from speakers from other universities, and take part in topical debates and activities. Find out more at UWE Bristol Philosophy Society on Facebook.

Learn from experts

Expand your knowledge and learn from practitioners at the lectures and conferences we organise. You'll find plenty going on at the University, and at local art centres and other venues.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
124%76%0%100%
223%74%3%100%
319%81%0%100%

Assessment

We'll assess you using a mix of essay coursework, formal exams, oral presentations and independent project work.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
022%65%13%100%
136%64%0%100%
238%59%3%100%
322%65%13%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You can also take part in work placements and other work experience in both your second and third years.

You can also teach philosophy in local schools, to build extra skills and experience for your CV. 

International study

Our links with international universities through the Erasmus scheme means you can study abroad for all or part of your second year, adding a global perspective to your degree.

Students have previously gone to Finland, Poland, Slovenia, France, Germany and Spain. You could also spend a year at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped facilities to support your study of philosophy including our dedicated subject library.

You'll also have 24 hour access to our main university library, which has spaces for silent and group study, and rooms you can book. 

You'll have use of books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Philosophy students at UWE Bristol graduate with the critical thinking, argumentation and communication skills that employers value highly.

You could go into a diverse range of sectors, including teaching, academic research, law, finance, the creative industries, healthcare, social work, not-for-profit organisations (NGOs) or the civil service.

Many students also progress to postgraduate study in philosophy, law and other subjects.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Hear about Vashti's work in setting up Deki, a charity helping to reduce poverty in the developing world.

See also:

The Guardian - the rise in stock of Philosophy graduates

New York Times - in a new generation of students, many opt for the life examined

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Philosophy course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

Unistats

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