UCL Philosophy


BA Modules

Below is the provisional list of modules running in the 2018/19 academic year. Click on the title to see more information including a brief module description, sample / provisional syllabus and suggested readings. Module leader email addresses can be found via the staff pages

PHIL0001 History of Philosophy I
PHIL0002 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL0003 Knowledge and Reality
PHIL0004 Introduction to Logic 2
PHIL0005 Introduction to Logic 1
PHIL0006 Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHIL0007 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL0008 Philosophical Study Skills: Reading, Understanding, and Essay Writing
PHIL0009 Aesthetics
PHIL0010 Morality and Literature
PHIL0011 Applied Ethics
PHIL0012 Metaphysics
PHIL0013 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL0014 Knowledge
PHIL0017 Topics in Greek Philosophy: Plato
PHIL0024 Ethics
PHIL0025 Intermediate Logic
PHIL0028 Topics in Political Philosophy
PHIL0030 Topics in Aristotle
PHIL0031 Matters of Life and Death
PHIL0042 Adorno: Art and Politics
PHIL0044 Topics in Greek Philosophy: Aristotle
PHIL0045 Making Sense of the Senses
PHIL0049 Sartre's Philosophy
PHIL0059 Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health
PHIL0061 Metaphysics of Science
PHIL0062 The Epistemology of Disagreement
PHIL0066 The Philosophical Foundations of Effective Altruism
PHIL0067 Free Speech and Theories of Autonomy
PHIL0068 Metaethics
PHIL0070 Representation and Reality
PHIL0076 Applied Moral and Political Philosophy
PHIL0077 Equality
PHIL0078 Formal Epistemology
PHIL0079 Advanced Topics on Moral Philosophy: Responsibility, Luck and Excuses
PHIL0081 Topics in Moral Psychology
PHIL0082 Linguistic Semantics and the Philosophy of Language
PHIL0083 Dissertation
PHIL0084 Guided Research Module
PHIL0085 Advanced Tutorials
PHIL0129 Worlds, Sentences and Measures
PHIL0151 Kant

In addition BA Philosophy students can take the following modules in ESPS (European Social and Political Studies) as Philosophy modules (i.e. do not count as a module from another department): 

Module code Title Area Staff  Term
ESPS4202 Hegel C Tom Stern 1
ESPS7209 Nietzsche C Tom Stern

For more information about the ESPS modules above please see the ESPS website.

In their second and third year, students can also take one or more of the following modules from the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Department as philosophy modules (i.e. not counting as modules from another department).
HPSC1003 Philosophy of Science 1 (Level I; Area A; Term 1; available to second years only)
HPSC2003 Philosophy of Science 2 (Level II; Area A; Term 1) 
HPSC3028 Philosophy of Medicine (Level III; Area A; Term 1) HPSC3045 Philosophy of Information (Level III; Area A; Term 1) HPSC3020/3020A Philosophy of Natural Sciences (Level III; Area A; Term 1) 

For further details about these modules, see the STS Undergraduate Module Catalogue.

Information for UCL students from other departments:

The following modules can only be taken by students studying Philosophy degrees (Single and Combined Honours): PHIL0008: Philosophy Tutorials / PHIL0083 Dissertation/ PHIL0084 Guided Research Module and PHIL0085 Advanced Tutorials.

Registration for all modules is via Portico. Once Philosophy students have registered their modules spare places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

All modules are half-units (0.5 UCL credit = 7.5 ECTS). Modules that are coded PHIL1_ and PHIL2_ have a compulsory weekly seminar in addition to the weekly lectures. The semiars are automatically allocated via the common timetable to fit with your module choices once the module selection has been approved by both departments. PHIL3_ modules run as 2 hour weekly seminars, some have a fortnightly discussion class as well.

Modules that begin PHIL1___ are introductory level; modules that begin with PHIL2___ are intermediate level primarily for second year students; modules that begin with PHIL3___ are advanced courses.