In the first year, you will gain a grounding in the fundamentals of philosophy through two mandatory Introduction to Philosophy units. You will also take units in Logic and Metaphysics, which will stretch you with challenging ideas that most other philosophy courses in the UK only offer to students in their second year.
You can also choose units such as Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Aristotle's Ethics, or you may decide to take open units outside Philosophy in your first year.
In your second year, you complete your foundation in analytic philosophy before progressing to advanced units in your third year, when you will also take two independent study units and write an extended essay for each, supervised one-on-one over a term.
Studying philosophy at Bristol gives you the opportunity to delve into some of the deepest questions that have puzzled great thinkers, by applying the rigorous analysis and argument that is distinctive of the western 'analytic' philosophical tradition. You will be part of a heritage of philosophy in the South West that includes John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.
A distinguishing feature of our courses is that you will cover the basic topics that form the groundwork to philosophy in your first two years. Your third year will then allow you to study more advanced, specialised units offered by lecturers in their own fields of research specialisation. These include:
You may also have the opportunity to study at one of our worldwide partners on an exchange programme during your second year.
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