Philosophy BA (Full time / Part time) 2018 start
UCAS code: V500
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
6 years part time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
One of the world’s oldest academic subjects, philosophy asks vital questions about the world and how we understand it. Is there such a thing as evil? Are we ever truly free to act? How do we know what we know – if we can ever know anything at all?
This fascinating and challenging degree will allow you to think clearly, construct arguments and defend them while giving you the chance to explore ideas and approaches across the full range of philosophy.
Core modules will introduce you to key concepts and issues such as morality, knowledge and the self, logic, philosophy of the mind, the nature of reality and political philosophy. But a wide range of optional modules will allow you to build on this foundation to explore areas as diverse as philosophy of religion, ethics, the history and philosophy of science, aesthetics or feminist philosophy. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and question what you know and how you think.
Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.Back to top
Core modules in your first year will introduce you to some of the key issues, thinkers and approaches in philosophy, such as the nature of the self, knowledge, morality, political philosophy and constructing effective arguments. Then you’ll be able to choose from optional modules in Philosophy or take discovery modules from across the University.
With these essentials under your belt, you’ll be able to make the most of the choice on offer over the next two years to shape a degree that suits your interests. You’ll be able to choose from an impressive range of optional modules in areas such as the philosophy of mind, politics, religion, language, metaphysics, history and philosophy of science, moral philosophy, ethics, feminism and the philosophy of art.
Throughout the degree, you’ll develop your skills of argument, critical thinking, research, interpretation and analysis. In your third and final year you’ll be able to demonstrate these abilities, when you undertake an independent research project on a topic of your choice.
Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
|The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong||20 credits|
|Knowledge, Self and Reality||20 credits|
|Great Philosophical Thinkers||20 credits|
|How to Think Clearly and Argue Well||20 credits|
|Introduction to Academic Skills||5 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Magic, Science and Religion||10 credits|
|History of Psychology||10 credits|
|Darwin, Germs and the Bomb||10 credits|
|Interpreting Technology||10 credits|
|The Mind||10 credits|
|Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion||10 credits|
|Introduction to the Philosophy of Language||20 credits|
|Formal Logic||20 credits|
|Ethics of Life and Death||10 credits|
|Realism and Antirealism||20 credits|
|Introduction to Metaphysics||20 credits|
|Philosophy Students into Schools||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics||20 credits|
|Realism and Representation in Science||20 credits|
|The Structure of Reality||20 credits|
|War, Terror and Justice||20 credits|
|Religion, Belief and Ethics||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.
To enable you to benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching methods. Normally these will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, but workshops may occasionally be used as well. However, independent study is central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis as well as giving you space to form your own ideas.
We also use different types of assessment, usually a mixture of exams and essays. However, some modules may also assess you on oral presentations and group work. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1.
35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80%.
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
A degree in philosophy will equip you with a variety of transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers across a number of sectors.
You’ll be an excellent communicator, confident working independently or within a team. You’ll have strong research skills and be able to interpret and analyse complex information from different sources. Crucially, you’ll be able to construct and defend clear and effective arguments, both verbally and in writing.
Graduates have pursued diverse careers as a result. Recently they have had success in fields such as management, politics, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many others have progressed to postgraduate study.
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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