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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #7 (QS) ,
The Philosophy at the University of Cambridge explores human thought, the basis of knowledge, the nature of reason, consciousness and cognition, as well as the foundations of value and political theory. Its questions are intriguing and its study requires complex critical thinking, rigorous analysis and consideration of new perspectives. 

About

The Philosophy at the University of Cambridge occupies a distinguished place in the history of philosophy. It was here, in the early twentieth century, that Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ramsey and others developed the analytic style of philosophy that is now prominent in much of the world. 

Today, the Faculty retains a strong commitment to this analytic tradition, combining it with study of the history of philosophy from Plato to the present day to offer one of the most far-reaching courses of its kind available anywhere in the world.

Teaching and learning

Our approach emphasises the values of the analytic school: rigour, clarity and independent thought. But its content extends well beyond the analytic tradition and its main preoccupations. For instance, we currently offer papers on Greek and Roman, and early modern philosophy, as well as political philosophy and aesthetics. You don’t need to have studied philosophy previously, but we do recommend you do some preliminary reading (see the Faculty website for suggestions).

The Faculty has close links with related faculties such as Classics, History, and History and Philosophy of Science, so you can take advantage of a wide range of specialised lectures and seminars. You also have access to many excellent libraries.

After Philosophy

Although a Philosophy degree isn’t an essential qualification for any particular career, the analytical and critical skills developed through its study (eg rigour, precision, creativity) prepare our graduates for a variety of professions including business, computing, journalism, administration and law. Around a quarter of recent graduates have gone on to further study, with others starting careers in publishing, teaching, banking and investment, arts and recreation, IT and public services.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind
  • Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Greek and Roman Philosophy (from Classics)
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Political Philosophy

English Language Requirements

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    7.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    110

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General Requirements

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19197 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19197 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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