Bachelor of Philosophy (BA)

Belgium

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The award
BA

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Bachelor of Philosophy at KU Leuven

Ever thought what's behind the subtle reasoning of Herman Van Rompuy, the former President of the European Council? A bachelor's degree in philosophy from Leuven, in the heart of Europe! An ideal basis for further studies in philosophy at Leuven or further afield, or as a launch pad for an exciting professional career in related fields such as law, economics and medicine.

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA) programme will do much more than introduce you to the highly sought-after skills of logic, critical thinking and close reading. Structuring your own quest for truth, a BA in philosophy will help you to orient your thoughts about the world that we are living in, and it will also teach you to use philosophical skills in analysing contemporary scientific and societal debates. Come to Leuven and get to know yourself.

What is the programme all about?

The aim of the BA programme is to provide a thorough, broad and comprehensive historical and systematic education in philosophy. At the same time, the programme seeks to provide students with the research skills required for successful written and verbal expression in philosophy. You’ll also learn to use philosophical skills in analysing contemporary societal debates. 

The Institute of Philosophy offers a comprehensive range of BA, MA, Research Master and PhD degrees, all taught in English. Viewed collectively, our undergraduate and post-graduate degrees aim to familiarise students with the history of philosophy as well as with contemporary movements in analytic and continental philosophy so that they are able to engage with the fundamental areas of philosophical research. The Institute of Philosophy is proud to offer its students a broad philosophical education and a wide range of courses and seminars, as well as personalised study support and guidance.

Course outline

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy programme is a three-year programme divided into 3 components:

  • Core Courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge of the history of philosophy and expound on the key philosophical themes and concepts.
  • Seminars will teach you how to read and analyse texts closely, as well as offer well-structured presentations, and write philosophical papers.
  • Electives, which also include non-philosophical courses, will stimulate your broader interests and encourage interdisciplinarity.

An important part of the programme is the Bachelor’s Paper with Seminar, a course in which you’ll learn to research and write a more extended piece of philosophical scholarship.

The programme is structured with a system of major (a package of 120 study credits in general philosophy courses and equal to all students) and minors (60 study credits to be chosen among three options: Liberal Arts, Theology and Religious Studies, and Educational Studies). 

Advanced Placement

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a three-year programme (180 ECTS credits) but students with some university-level education may be eligible to apply for admission with advanced placement. Students with a BA degree in a field other than philosophy and no academic background in philosophy are recommended to apply to the one-year Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy abridged programme (60 ECTS credits). 

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy programme is a three-year programme divided into 3 components:

  • Core Courses will provide you with the necessary knowledge of the history of philosophy and expound on the key philosophical themes and concepts.
  • Seminars will teach you how to read and analyse texts closely, as well as offer well-structured presentations, and write philosophical papers.
  • Electives, which also include non-philosophical courses, will stimulate your broader interests and encourage interdisciplinarity.

An important part of the programme is the Bachelor’s Paper with Seminar, a course in which you’ll learn to research and write a more extended piece of philosophical scholarship.

The programme is structured with a system of major (a package of 120 study credits in general philosophy courses and equal to all students) and minors (60 study credits to be chosen among three options: Liberal Arts, Theology and Religious Studies, and Educational Studies). 

 

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Notes about fees for this course

For more fee information, please visit the tuition fee page.

Entry requirements

For more information on admission requirements, please visit the programme website. 

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