Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)


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.

Why study Philosophy at Bristol?

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:

  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Theories of Justice
  • Kant's Theoretical Philosophy
  • Art and the Understanding.

You may also have the opportunity to study at one of our worldwide partners on an exchange programme during your second year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Further optional units in Philosophy or open unit
Second year
  • Realism and Normativity
  • Five further optional units in Philosophy
Third year
  • Two extended essays
  • Four further optional units in Philosophy.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall with 18 points at Higher level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall with 17 points at Higher level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade B or above in Mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 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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