Philosophy BA (Hons)

UCAS code V500
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What is special about this course?

If you're interested in exploring views, ideas, theories, practices and behaviours, BA (Hons) Philosophy is the course for you. Socrates, one of the most famous philosophers of all times, said: "I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.": that is a core strength of philosophical studies. In developing your ability to think well, you will be able to spot errors in reasoning, analyse complex issues and arguments, build a strong case and make a point with clarity and precision.

Philosophy seeks to understand, and particularly to question, ideas concerning the nature of reality, value and experience that play a pervasive role in understanding the world and ourselves. The philosophy discipline focuses on problematic concepts, such as existence, reason and truth, which occur in every sphere of human enquiry, but more specifically on problematic concepts that belong to particular areas of thought and practice, such as politics, economics, religion, science and ethics.

Throughout the course you will apply analytical and critical thinking to a range of 21st century issues such as: Is humanity headed in the right or wrong direction? What is the best way for a person to attain happiness? Will religion ever become obsolete? What is the future of artificial intelligence? Is there a meaning to life and, if so, what is it?

 

Special features

  • Join regular meetings of the philosophy reading group where you will discuss or present papers with fellow students and staff
  • You will be encouraged to participate in organisations that actively focus on issues in society and to put your views and beliefs into action

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two of these must be from the list of relevant subjects
  • Other humanities or Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will also be considered
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - HNC

You will study the following core modules:

  • Thinking and writing for study, work and life
  • Problems in philosophy

Other modules may include:

  • Philosophy, film and the adventure of the virtual
  • Moral philosophy

In addition to these philosophy modules, you will also be able to choose two modules from our range of humanity subjects.

Year 2 - HND

Modules at this level might include:

  • Knowledge, truth and understanding: introduction to contemporary philosophy of knowledge
  • The philosophy (Aristotle)
  • Logic and philosophy
  • Belief, culture and community

In addition to these philosophy modules, you will also be able to choose two modules from our range of humanity subjects.

Year 3 - BA

Modules at this level might include:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Continental philosophy
  • Choice theory
  • Research project

In addition to these philosophy modules, you will also be able to choose an option module from our range of humanity subjects.

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a philosophy dissertation.

Other modules at this level might include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Existential philosophy and literature

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly, two-hour, timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2018-192019-20*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2018-192019-20
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Philosophy graduates are found working for almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, from arts-based areas like publishing, the media, journalism, advertising and teaching, through to computing and IT.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • local government and the Civil Service
  • advertising, marketing and public relations agencies
  • management consultancies
  • secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions
  • law firms
  • publishing companies
  • charities
  • banking and insurance companies
  • accountancy firms
  • recruitment agencies

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019

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