Philosophy BA Hons - 2021 Entry

UCAS Code
V500

Entry Year
2021

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

  • 10th
    For Philosophy The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2021)
  • 9th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Philosophy) in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2021)
  • Study abroad and placement opportunities

Course Overview

Philosophy is the careful, critical, and reasoned engagement with a wide range of fundamental questions about human existence; about art, politics, justice, right and wrong, truth and knowledge, faith and reason.

Here at Lancaster we approach these questions not only through the history of Western philosophy, examining figures such as Plato, Kant, Descartes and Nietzsche, but also through non-Western approaches to philosophy, and contemporary philosophical discussion of a wide range of topics.

Lancaster is distinctive in two respects:

  • a large proportion of our experts specialise in applied philosophy and contribute to discussions about public policy and the law, both nationally and internationally.
  • a number of experts specialise in non-Western philosophy, including Indian and Islamic philosophical traditions.

These two distinctions make Lancaster uniquely placed to provide a wide-ranging programme that is balanced and rounded, drawing on philosophies from around the world. We have a particular focus on how philosophy can be used in daily life, from government to education, international relations to well-being. Our lecturers are passionate about their specialisms and bring their latest research into their teaching.

The degree covers many topics and approaches. As you advance into years two and three, you increasingly have the opportunity to tailor the degree to your own interests by choosing from a wide range of modules.

In your first year you will take three modules. The cornerstone is the core module Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality, which draws on a broad range of philosophical traditions and covers several areas of philosophy including metaphysics and epistemology. It will also develop your ability to reason and think clearly about the most fundamental questions of human existence. We’ll study both European and non-European sources.

In the first year we also strongly recommend that you take the complementary module Moral and Political Philosophy. This will develop your ability to reason and think clearly about questions of how we ought to act and organise our lives together. You will also be able to choose a third module from a range of subjects that complement your studies.

In the second year and third years you can choose from a broad range of options. These are just some of the many modules we offer:

  • Indian Philosophical and religious Thought
  • Metaphysics
  • Understanding Liberty: Theory and Practice
  • Mind-Body Problem
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Values and Objectivity
  • Exploring Politics, Religion and Values
  • Aesthetics
  • Darwinism and Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Future Generations
  • The Imagination
  • PPR in India – includes three weeks at Manipal University in India

The options available in any given year vary depending on our latest research, student feedback and topical concerns. You will find further information about modules in the Course Structure section.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation of a specific subject that interests you. This is the dissertation option, where you define a question with a member of academic staff, who will discuss the topic with you and advise you in your own research.

 

“Studying philosophy at Lancaster has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and has allowed me to study a wide range of subjects including ethics, epistemology, the nature of the mind and many more interesting topics. Being taught by experts within their field who have a real passion for their subjects and who encourage and guide you through your work is incredibly helpful and is a key strength of the department. I have also been fortunate enough to do a placement year whilst completing my studies. I worked for an international charity called Hospices of Hope which promotes hospice care in southeast Europe. Philosophy has given me key analytic and evaluative skills which helped me conduct research and plan marketing.”

John Garman, BA (Hons) Philosophy (Placement Year)

 

Placement Year and Study Aboard options

You can also study Philosophy as a placement year degree (four years) which provides the opportunity for you to develop your employment experience and skills. Alternatively, there is the opportunity to opt for you to study abroad for a year (replacing your second year at Lancaster) and experience living in another country while studying your degree subject from a different perspective. Our current partner universities are located in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the USA. Both options are valuable additions to your CV.

Short work and study experiences

We are home to the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, which undertakes research into issues around peace and conflict. In recent years, the Institute has offered around 60 internships per year for students to undertake research projects for external organisations such as NGOs, think tanks, charities and faith based organisations. These internships are a terrific opportunity to undertake fascinating and rewarding projects, develop employability skills, build your professional network and enhance your CV.

You can also apply for placements and internships through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Past employers have included Carnegie Publishing, The Dukes Theatre, and the Ethical Consumer Research Association, with a range of roles available.

The University usually offers a variety of short overseas trips during vacation periods. In recent years these have included business, academic and cultural excursions during trips to Malaysia, India, Ghana, China and the US (New York and Boston).

Extra curricular

We are a lively department and several staff are involved in national and international advisory groups and our students benefit from these connections. We have extra-curricular events such as conferences, talks and seminars taking place throughout the year.

Our students take part in the many clubs and societies that are supported by Lancaster University Student’s Union. This includes the Philosophical Society that organises regular discussions, debates and guest speakers, as well as international societies representing different countries, faith groups, political groups, debating society, Intervol and many more. There are regular events, trips and high profile visiting speakers, which provide numerous ways to get involved and meet other students who share your interests.

 

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year1

    Core

    Optional

Year2

    Optional

Year3

    Optional

Careers

Careers

A Philosophy degree provides you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and transferable skills relevant to a range of different future careers. According to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 6 months on from graduation, our Philosophy graduates have gone on to careers in Public Relations, HR and recruitment, teaching and education, legal research, logistics and project management. We will help you determine your direction and aim to support you in getting there. We do this by offering subject-specific support from academic tutors and specialist careers advisers.


Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2021/22 are:

UK International
£9,250 £19,930

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page 

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Philosophy and what you'll study as a Philosophy student.

Contact hours

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and other learning activities will differ from year to year and vary depending on the module options you choose. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course.

Year 1

  • 19%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 81%

    Independent study

Year 2

  • 17%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 83%

    Independent study

Year 3

  • 12%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 88%

    Independent study

Assessment

Most of our degrees use a broad range of assessments methods. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course, and are given as a guide.

Year 1

  • 47%

    Coursework

  • 53%

    Written exams

Year 2

  • 40%

    Coursework

  • 60%

    Written exams

Year 3

  • 70%

    Coursework

  • 30%

    Written exams

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