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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

In the first year of the Philosophy course at University of Bristol you will gain a grounding in the fundamentals of philosophy through two mandatory introductory units, one exploring issues in epistemology and metaphysics, such as knowledge, scepticism, and the distinction between appearance and reality, and the other concerning moral and political philosophy. 

You will also take units in critical thinking and logic, and a choice of other units, which have previously included Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Mill's On Liberty. You may take open units outside the department in your first year.

In year two, you complete your foundation in philosophy with mandatory units that cover issues across the subject, as well as choosing units that go into much more depth about a particular area such as philosophy of language or ethics.

In the final year there are independent study units in which you can study almost any topic in philosophy, writing an extended essay in consultation with a supervisor. There are also taught units that relate directly to the research interests of staff in areas from global justice to philosophy of physics.

The third-year units require engagement with the latest research and students reach a high level of attainment and are well-prepared for postgraduate study, both in philosophy and many other subjects. The programme will equip you with skills, including textual analysis, clear written and verbal expression, and critical thinking, which will be valuable in a wide range of careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday
    • Duration description

      Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Readings in Value Theory
  • Knowledge and Reality
  • Realism and Normativity
  • Epistemology
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mathematics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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    7

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

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  • Minimum required score:

    68

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Academic Requirements

  • A-level Standard offer: AAA 
  • A-level Contextual offer: ABB 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer: 36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer: 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U offer: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access to HE Diploma offer: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities/Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Additional written work may be required.
  • BTEC offer: DDD in a relevant subject

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    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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  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250
  • For undergraduate course part-time, your tuition fee will normally be pro rata the full-time fee for the course.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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