• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Honours) degree at The Open University UK investigates a range of philosophical debates about ethics, justice, scientific knowledge, religion, art, and the self. It covers core approaches in social, cognitive and developmental psychology, and some applied aspects of professional practice.


Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about ourselves and our place in the social and physical universe. 

You’ll learn to read and understand scientific and philosophical texts; to use different research methods; to communicate clearly and logically; and to work and think independently. 

Key features of the Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Investigate profound questions about human minds and behaviour from two complementary perspectives
  • Engage with current research and discover how both psychologists and philosophers address pressing, real-life issues.
  • Learn how to evaluate evidence, construct well-informed arguments and present your conclusions convincingly.
  • Develop valuable transferable skills that are highly prized in the workplace, including skills in communication, problem-solving, numeracy and self-management.  

Skills for career development

The disciplines of philosophy and psychology are highly regarded by employers, who prize graduates’ reasoning ability, clear thinking and specialist knowledge – and in particular, the skills vital to effective decision-making including:, selecting, interpreting, evaluating and presenting data, identifying and using relevant information to construct arguments, appreciating different ways to conceptualise and address a question, seeing different sides in a debate while being able to reason in favour of one, and thinking coherently about both abstract and practical matters.

You’ll also sharpen your writing and IT skills. All these attributes are greatly in demand in the world beyond study, whether you’re already working, volunteering, or changing career.

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a broad range of careers, including:

  • public administration, local government, the civil service, social services
  • advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries, public relations
  • education and health
  • management and human resources
  • police and the law
  • business, banking and retail
  • charities, campaigning and policy development.

Other careers

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      3-4 years
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • 6-7 years
      • Time limit – 16 years
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The arts past and present
  • Investigation psychology 
  • Exploring philosophy 
  • Living psychology: from the every day to the extraordinary 
  • Advancing social psychology 
  • Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
  • Access to a computer with broadband internet access, which will be vital for online learning.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18072 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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