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". This 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.

In today’s COVID-related situation, we regularly see political decision-makers flanked by scientists. The Philosophy of Science is interested in analysing why science seems to be so successful in explaining reality. With scientists playing an ever-increasing role in decision-making processes at all levels we might also ask: are scientists the new priests of society?

Throughout the course you will apply this type of 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?

**This course will be running in September 2022 and applications will open again in September 2021, please return to this page then if you wish to apply**

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
  • Tailored modules and curriculum which improve your experience and ability to successfully undertake the course

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
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social Science (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two

Year 1 - CertHE

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
  • Logic and philosophy

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

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules at this level might include:

  • Knowledge: a philosophical analysis
  • The philosophy (Aristotle)
  • Moral philosophy
  • Anthropology of religion

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 class 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

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI - you may choose to study at Dingwall or Paisley, subject to availability
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

**This course will be running from September 2022 and applications will open again in September 2021, please return to this page then if you wish to apply**

Start date

  • September

Fees

This course will start in September 2022, with applications open in September 2021, fees will be confirmed nearer the application date.

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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