Philosophy is the most ancient of academic disciplines, yet the uncertainties of modern living make the traditional philosophical challenges even more pressing in the 21st century. During a degree in Philosophy at Southampton, you will critically consider the work of the great Philosophers of the past while engaging with cutting edge contemporary debates. Our course received 100% satisfaction in the 2013 NSS, placing us first in the UK.
A Philosophy degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent and rigorous education exploring fundamental and far-reaching issues. You will engage with questions that have puzzled great thinkers for millennia but are still relevant today: What can I really know? Is there a God? Is my mind something distinct and separable from my body? Can there be objective facts in ethics and politics?
You will explore these fundamental questions using the philosophical method of reasoned argument and critical scrutiny. This will give you an unparalleled opportunity to develop your ability to think clearly, critically and consistently, to understand varying points of view, to organise ideas and to work cooperatively with others - skills much in demand by employers.
The flexible programme allows you to design your own path of study by choosing from a wide and varied selection of modules ranging from Existentialism to The Ethics of Belief, from Puzzles about Art and Literature to Happiness and Well-Being.
We offer the chance to explore topics in other subject areas, whether in the Humanities, the Social Sciences or the Sciences, which will both broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding.
You will also have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture.
You will have every opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical issues and to engage in philosophical debate.
Year one offers lecture-based modules focusing on central themes, designed for students new to philosophy as well as those who have some familiarity with the subject, alongside staff-led tutorials involving three to five students.
In year two you will take a core module in the history of philosophy, accompanied by small-group seminars, and choose from a range of optional modules.
You will write a dissertation in your final year, as well as taking further optional modules.Typical course content
Over each year you take eight modules, or the equivalent, four in each semester.
Learn a language
If your programme allows you to choose free elective modules, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please email your Student Office if you have any queries regarding your module options.
Innovation modules outside of your discipline
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
AAB to ABB from 3 A levelsor
ABB from 3 A levels and A in Extended Project Qualification
34 or 32 points overall, 17 or 16 at higher level
International Foundation Year
International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page
Intake: 75 Average applicants per place: 6
UCAS application and some interviews.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Southampton.