Welcome from the Head of Department

Welcome from the Head of Department

On behalf of the Department of Philosophy and the School of the Arts, I am delighted to welcome you as a new student. As an academic department, our overarching aim is to enable you to engage with a world that becomes more and more unpredictable and confusing - a capacity which will allow you to pursue numerous career paths later, and is also enjoyable in its own right. Studying philosophy is not a matter of digesting information alone, but learning a practice – something we occasionally call "critical analysis" – and as you will quickly learn, achieving this aim of becoming a critical thinker fundamentally depends on your own effort, input and motivation.

As a Philosophy student, you’ll be part of the School of the Arts, home to a wider community of scholars from five different disciplines. We are sure you will be inspired by and benefit from the breadth and vitality within the School of the Arts, with world-class teaching and in-depth specialist expertise available to you. The School also has a dedicated Student Support Centre who will help through your time at University, more details of which you can find below.

Your Welcome Pack (which you will receive shortly if you haven’t already) will help you in your first few days at the University, but you’ll also find lots of information on the Welcome pages and below. Please don’t worry if it seems a lot to take in – we will work hard during Welcome Week and in the first semester to make your transition to university life as smooth as possible!

I very much look forward to welcoming you to the school in person in September.

Professor Michael Hauskeller, Head of Philosophy 

Watch our Welcome Week video

This video explains what to do when you get here, and what to expect. We also discuss Welcome Week, the Student Experience Team, and the support available to you here at the School of the Arts.

What to do next

1. Getting ready

There are a few essential things you need to do before you join us, including registering with the University and activating your IT account. Further information can be found the Welcome pages and in your welcome pack.

2. Welcome Week Timetable

There are many events and activities happening during Welcome Week which will inform and guide you through your first few weeks and will lay the foundation for your time here. View your Welcome Week Timetable below:

Undergraduate Philosophy Welcome Week Timetable

Postgraduate Philosophy Welcome Week Timetable

3. Joint Honours and Major/Minor programmes

If you are taking a Joint Honours (50/50) or Major/Minor (75/25) programme you will be studying more than one subject and so should also consult the information from your other department. See the full list of department welcome pages.

4. View your programme details

Undergraduate students are required to register for 120 credits in Year 1, normally 60 credits in each semester. Most programmes have some compulsory modules, for which you will be automatically registered, but you may – depending on your scheme of study – need to choose optional modules from a specified list to make up the 120 credits, and register for those on Liverpool Life. Registration will open from 30th August 2019 and you are strongly advised to complete the registration process before you arrive. However, staff will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on choosing any optional modules should you need help.  

Subject component information may be found here:


Maths and Philosophy GV15

Philosophy, Politics and Economics L0V0

5. View your programme timetable

Your academic timetable can be found on Liverpool Life during Welcome Week and updates will normally feed through within 24-48 hours of module registration.

Please be aware that there may be changes to your timetable over the first few weeks of term so please check your online timetable regularly.

More support and information for starting your course

Your Academic Advisor

You will be assigned a named academic member of staff as your Academic Advisor. Their role is to develop a relationship with you, to provide information, advice and guidance on academic matters, and to direct you to further sources of information on both academic and non-academic matters.

Your advisor’s details will be found on Liverpool Life.

Student Support Centre

As a student in the School of the Arts, you will have access to a dedicated Student Support Centre. The friendly team can help you with:

  • Day-to-day queries relating to registration, modules, timetabling or assessment;
  • Study abroad queries, whether you’re an incoming or outgoing student;
  • Support with employability or finding work placements;
  • Academic, pastoral and wellbeing issues through our Learning and Teaching Support Officers (LTSOs). The School has two LTSOs who work closely with academic tutors and Student Services to ensure that all students are fully supported throughout their studies. Our LTSOs are also the disability and dyslexia contacts for the School. They are available for individual appointments should you wish to come in and have a chat, and can also be contacted via our Live Chat service at scheduled times.

The Student Support Centre is open 9:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, and you can access support in the following ways:

Your programme handbook

School of the Arts Student Handbook 2019-20

Need more information?

If you would like any further information about the School of the Arts before you arrive in September, please contact our staff in the Student Support Office on:

0151 795 0500 or 0151 795 0507

Or email us at: sscarts@liverpool.ac.uk

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