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    A philosophical education of the very highest academic quality

    For thousands of years, people have asked fundamental questions about the world, their place in it, and their relations to each other. These questions, and attempts to answer them, define the subject matter of philosophy. With our prestigious BA degree in Philosophy, you can participate in the exciting and fundamental enterprise that is philosophy: the asking and answering of the deep questions that figure centrally in human thought.

    This programme is for you if you wish to:

    • be challenged intellectually and improve your powers of reasoning and argument, your ability to analyse complex ideas, your understanding of people, and your capacity for original thought
    • gain a thorough grounding in the central areas of philosophy. You will be introduced to historical and contemporary issues in the subject and encouraged to make connections between the ideas and arguments that inform philosophical debates
    • study a range of philosophical works from classical times to the present day. Subjects include existence and reality; knowledge and belief; mind, thought, reason and logic; truth and meaning; and the ethical and aesthetic values of goodness and beauty

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 1 October in the year before you intend to sit your first examinations Tuition fee
    • GBP 2188 Year (EEA)

    You have 3-8 years to complete the BA degree and 2-5 years to complete the Dip HE or 1-5 years for Cert HE. Fees are payable as you progress rather than as a single lump sum. The following are examples of University fees for the whole programme of study: £4,376 for the BA, £3,046 for the Dip HE and £1,716 for the Cert HE. Please note that these examples are calculated using current fees for 2014-15, do not reflect any annual change to fees and assume completion in the minimum time permitted. For the Individual course 'Introduction to Philosophy' the fee is £486.

    Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance Exams and graduation only Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy

    The BA in Philosophy consists of twelve courses. Take four courses from level 4, four from level 5 and four from level 6 to include the dissertation.

    Diploma of Higher Education in Philosophy

    The Dip HE in Philosophy consists of eight courses. Take four courses from level 4 and choose four from level 5.

    Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy

    The Cert HE in Philosophy consists of four courses from level 4.

    Level 4

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Ethics: historical perspectives
    • Epistemology
    • Logic

    Level 5

    • Greek philosophy: Plato and the Pre-Socratics
    • Modern philosophy: Descartes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume
    • Ethics: contemporary perspectives
    • Metaphysics
    • Methodology: Induction, reason and science

    Level 6

    • Modern philosophy: Spinoza, Leibniz and Kant
    • Greek philosophy: Aristotle
    • Continental philosophy: Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
    • Aesthetics
    • Philosophy of language
    • Philosophy of mind
    • Political philosophy
    • Philosophy of religion


    Dissertation - Philosophy

    Additional information

    If you successfully complete the Cert HE in Philosophy you can progress to either the Dip HE or the BA in Philosophy.

    The course Introduction to philosophy is available to study on a stand-alone basis as an individual course.

    If you take Introduction to philosophy as an individual course and obtain a pass mark of 50 or above, you will qualify to register for the Cert HE in Philosophy and to be credited with the course.

    Levels 4, 5 and 6 refer to qualification descriptions given in the framework for higher education qualifications (FHEQ).

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.



    To be eligible for the BA or Diploma of Higher Education in Philosophy you must normally* be aged 17 or above by the 30 November in the year of registration and satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

    To be eligible for the Certificate in Higher Education in Philosophy you must normally* be aged 18 or above by the 1 September at the time of registration have passed the equivalent of at least three separate subjects at UK GCSE/GCE O level (at not less than grade C).

    You do not have to hold formal qualifications to register for for the individual course 'Introduction to philosophy' . However, you are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements as outlined below and normally* be aged 18 or above by the 1 September in the year of registration. If you take Introduction to Philosophy as an individual course and pass with at least 50% you will normally be accepted onto the Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy and will be credited with this course.

    * Applications will be considered from applicants who do not meet the normal minimum age requirement for admission. Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision taken at the discretion of the University of London.

    If you are not automatically eligible then you will be individually considered by the University of London’s Special Admissions Panel. The Special Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future.

    English language requirement

    The language of instruction, reading and assessment is English. To succeed on our programmes you need a good level of competence in English. If you doubt your ability in written or spoken English we advise you take a course and test in English language before enrolling on the programme.

    Required standard of English

    You will usually meet the English language requirement for undergraduate programmes if you:

    • hold a UK GCSE / GCE O level in English at grade C or above
    • have five years secondary schooling taught solely in English or have passed GCE A levels or IB in essay-based subjects
    • have passed an International Foundation programme that permits entry onto a recognised UK bachelor degree
    • hold a full Postgraduate award, or a full first degree or Associate degree taught and examined in English from an institute that is acceptable to the University
    • have passed, within the past three years, an Associate degree, Diploma or Higher Diploma awarded by an acceptable institute / polytechnic / university in Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore, or have passed, within the past three years, a test of proficiency in English language from an organisation acceptable to the University.

    Where an applicant does not meet the required English language level but believes they can demonstrate the required level for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

    Please note if an applicant satisfies one of the above conditions yet provides evidence of a test of proficiency in English language, awarded within the past three years, which is below the University’s minimum requirements then they will be required to retake such a test before being offered admission.

    Accreditation of prior learning

    If you have studied a syllabus as part of a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you might not have to take a particular course as part of your University of London International Programmes degree if we believe that the subject has been covered to the same breadth and depth. This is called Accreditation of prior learning or APL. It is also sometimes known as Credit Transfer or Exemption.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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