Philosophy (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code V501
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 8

    8th for Satisfied with teaching (Philosophy)

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 16

    16th for Philosophy

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • A global focus, with particular expertise on non-Western philosophy

Why Lancaster?
  • Our distinctive programme includes both Western and non-Western philosophy, with a strong emphasis on how ideas connect up with practical issues
  • Learn from academics who contribute to discussions about public policy and law in the UK and overseas
  • Gain practical experience with an internship organised by the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, known for its cutting-edge research
  • Take part in events organised by our lively Philosophical Society, including debates, essay prizes and visits by guest speakers
  • Achieve a degree that prepares you for a wide range of career paths and is well-regarded by employers across the spectrum

Intrigued by fundamental questions such as the nature of right and wrong? Truth and knowledge? Faith and reason? Keen to learn how philosophers from both Western and non-Western traditions have discussed these topics? Philosophical ideas can help us understand and respond to contemporary practical issues, as well as timeless problems of human existence.

A rich and varied programme

You’ll study famous thinkers from the Western tradition of philosophy, such as Plato, Kant, Descartes and Nietzsche. You’ll also learn from our experts in non-Western philosophy with their insights into Indian and Islamic traditions. We also place particular emphasis on how philosophy is relevant to daily life.

You may wish to specialise in the more practical side of philosophy, exploring moral and political questions such as obligations to future generations or the basis of ethics. Or you may opt to focus more on the more theoretical side, exploring logic or the relationship between mind and body. You’ll discover connections between abstract and more practical ideas – for example, how the nature of knowledge connects with scientific enquiry, communication and even conspiracy theories.

Putting your studies into practice

You can apply for one of the internships offered every year by the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, based in our department. These are research projects in external organisations such as NGOs, think tanks, charities and faith-based organisations. We also offer placement opportunities in a range of organisations, from roles in arts and heritage organisations, to media and marketing agencies.

The University runs short, overseas trips to give you the chance to experience a different culture. In the past these have included Malaysia, India, Ghana, China and the US, visiting the J.F.K Presidential library, the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

“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)

A lively department

Several of our staff are involved in national and international advisory groups and our students benefit from these connections. We organise conferences, talks and seminars 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.


Studying philosophy and taking a placement year will equip you with a range of transferable skills for many interesting careers. Critical thinking, clarity of communication and the ability to handle complex ideas will all make you an attractive candidate to employers. You'll also have a network of contacts and experience in a graduate role under your belt.

Our philosophy graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • Media, journalism and public relations
  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • Politics and government
  • International charities and non-government organisations
  • HR and recruitment
  • Teaching and education
  • Legal research
  • Logistics and project management

Find out more about the support the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion offers to improve your employability, and learn about the careers of some of our alumni.

Some students decide to go on to further study, taking a Master’s or PhD to expand their expertise in this area.

We’ll help you to find the right path to suit you by offering support from our academic tutors and practical guidance from our 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.

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.

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