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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V500
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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God. Morality. Mind. Reality. Art. If you want to spend three years engaging with some of the biggest and hardest questions with which humanity has ever grappled then Philosophy BA (Hons) is the degree for you.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

The expert staff of the Department of Philosophy will help you develop your own answers to these great questions through a mixture of lectures on the answers given by great philosophers of the past and present, and seminars aimed at facilitating interaction between student and student, and student and teacher.

By the end of this programme, you will be able to understand complex and demanding texts, reason intelligently and imaginatively about ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, and have a grasp of the advantages and problems of a wide range of metaphysical and ethical views.

Programme in detail

By the end of this programme, you will be able to understand complex and demanding texts, reason intelligently and imaginatively about ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, and have a grasp of the advantages and problems of a wide range of metaphysical and ethical views.

Students taking this subject as their Major will have the opportunity to complete a 10,000 word dissertation on a philosophical topic of their choice in Year Three.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

By the end of this programme, you will be able to understand complex and demanding texts, reason intelligently and imaginatively about ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, and have a grasp of the advantages and problems of a wide range of metaphysical and ethical views.

Students taking this subject as their Major will have the opportunity to complete a 10,000 word dissertation on a philosophical topic of their choice in Year Three.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

Philosophy goes well with every subject, for the simple reason that philosophy touches every subject, inquiring into its nature, methods, and boundaries. Also, some aspects of philosophy – eg the theory of knowledge – are relevant to every subject.

Philosophy presents a theoretical contrast to practical or vocational subjects, and gives you the opportunity to look deeper into the presuppositions of a theoretical subject.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

You take two philosophy modules each year, one in each semester. In every year you may select the most appropriate modules from a wide choice, dealing with philosophical questions, such as theory of knowledge or philosophy of mind, or discussing particular philosophers or philosophical movements, such as existentialism or Indian philosophy (Reading and writing philosophy and the Dissertation module not available).

Specialist routes:

  • Ethics and Political Thought
  • Logic and Metaphysics
  • Metaphysics and Mind
  • Arts and Aesthetics

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

95 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

Ranked 7th for Philosophy in the Guardian University Guide 2017

Graduate prospects

86% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)

National Student Survey

• 95% of our students find their programme 'intellectually stimulating’ (National Student Survey 2016)
• 100% of students said staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Be challenged intellectually

You will be taught by internationally recognised philosophers with research expertise that spans most of philosophy’s breadth and history. Our enthusiastic teaching reflects this research excellence, and is further demonstrated in our very high National Student Survey (NSS) scores. In all sessions, you will be encouraged to share your perspective with your fellow students and tutors.

Develop the vital skills employers look for

Philosophy is all about being able to weigh up arguments, to communicate your own opinion persuasively, and to respond thoughtfully to objections. Employers value philosophy because any graduate-level job will require the employee to be able to sift through a large mass of information to find the relevant parts, weigh up the arguments for and against a particular view or course of action, and present advice in a clear and compelling manner. From Year Two, we offer students the chance to gain invaluable experience through our work experience and study abroad opportunities. Besides taking our dedicated work experience module, many of our students are involved in activities within the University or work locally with the support of our award-winning careers service.

Experience the full breadth of our academics' expertise

Members of the Department are actively researching and publishing in a variety of fields with national and international reputations. This research activity underpins all our taught courses, and students benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of staff for their subject. We are proud of the breadth of our research, which includes ancient philosophy, environmental philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of the future, philosophy of literature, and Indian philosophy.

Be part of a city with a reputation for philosophical thought

Philosophy comes alive in Liverpool and we have a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city. You will be able to get involved in many activities.