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Philosophy degrees in the UK in 2024

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Philosophy BA (Hons)

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Philosophy BA (Hons)

Swansea University United Kingdom

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World Philosophies and ... BA

SOAS University of London United Kingdom

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Biblical Studies & Ministry UG:Diploma

International Career Institute United Kingdom

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Philosophy & Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Northeastern University London United Kingdom

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Spanish and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) United Kingdom

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Philosophy BA

University of Stirling United Kingdom

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Philosophy Degrees in the UK

Study Philosophy Degrees

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. A philosophy degree may cover the complexity of humanity, as well as raising common philosophical questions. Philosophy is the perfect choice for any student who would like to develop their questioning, critical thinking and discussion, rational argument, and research skills.

Philosophy as an academic discipline covers a wide range of concepts and areas. A degree in philosophy will include taking modules in the major branches, such as metaphysics, ethics and logic. You will study some famous philosophers like Aristotle, Plato and Descartes. You may also get the chance to integrate theology in your studies.

Your degree will mainly be taught in the mode of lectures and seminars. You may have the opportunity to participate in philosophical discussions and debates.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This will allow you the chance to further explore a chosen area of philosophy. Common specialisations include:

  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy
  • Ethical Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you the opportunity to research a favoured area of philosophy to a greater depth.

The award you gain at the end of your degree course will depend on where you choose to study. Some philosophy degrees will award you a bachelor of science, and others a bachelor of the arts. This can be influenced by the content of your course. Check with your institution to see what accreditation they award for their philosophy degrees.

An undergraduate degree in philosophy will usually take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you can either seek employment in your chosen field, or further your studies. Continuation of studies can be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Due to the broad range of areas covered, philosophy graduates will find career options available in many different fields. Throughout your degree, you will develop invaluable and transferable skills. These may include written and oral communication, logical and critical thinking, and rational argument presentation.

Popular destinations for graduates of philosophy include law school, marketing, business management, or writing and editing. You may also find work in the public or private sector of government and non-governmental organisations, due to your knowledge of humanities and ethics. It is also possible for you to pursue a career in teaching.

Philosophy as an academic discipline covers a wide range of concepts and areas. A degree in philosophy will include taking modules in the major branches, such as metaphysics, ethics and logic. You will study some famous philosophers like Aristotle, Plato and Descartes. You may also get the chance to integrate theology in your studies.

Your degree will mainly be taught in the mode lectures and seminars. You may have the opportunity to participate in philosophical discussions and debates.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

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