Contacts

Departmental Administrator

Mrs Ann Higginson

Email: a.higginson@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7116

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Philosophy BA

UCAS code: V500

This programme aims to provide an understanding of a range of central philosophical debates. All major areas of philosophy are available for study, covering branches such as moral and political philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, and drawing upon the writings of philosophers both ancient and modern to contextualise your studies.

Programme Overview

In your first year you begin with several introductory lecture courses, to provide a foundation for later studies.

You will be introduced to:

  • Political philosophy (examining questions about the state, liberty and laws)
  • Moral philosophy (questioning distinctions of right and wrong, and our motivation for choosing between the two)
  • Epistemology (which looks at the nature of knowledge and belief)
  • Metaphysics (which attempts to explain the nature of the world)
  • Logic (which teaches you principles of good reasoning).

Your second and third years will be spent studying a range of subjects from the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, to aesthetics and phenomenology.

The programme is structured to ensure that the central areas of the subject are covered but also allows you to choose from an array of options, some of which may be taken from another department at UCL.

Our programmes are designed to help you acquire an understanding of a wide range of traditional and contemporary philosophical theories.

Furthermore, they assist you in constructing and assessing philosophical positions and arguments for yourself. Such skills are transferable to non-philosophical contexts, and help you analyse and present complex ideas.

Degree benefits

  • UCL's Philosophy Department was ranked first in the UK in the RAE 2008. The research interests of the academic staff are wide-ranging, covering all the main areas of philosophy.
  • We regard philosophy as a co-operative endeavour. We ensure personal support in your learning, and the department deservedly has a reputation for excellent relations between staff and students.
  • A rich array of extracurricular philosophy events is available in London. As a UCL philosophy student you will be able to attend the meetings of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Aristotelian Society and the University of London's Institute of Philosophy.

The first year begins with several introductory lecture courses, providing a foundation for later studies. The programme covers political philosophy, examining questions about the state, liberty and laws; moral philosophy, questioning distinctions of right and wrong, and our motivation for choosing between the two; epistemology which investigates the nature of knowledge and belief; metaphysics, which attempts to grasp the nature of things; and logic, which imparts principles of sound reasoning.

Your second and third years will be spent studying a range of subjects from metaphysics and epistemology and the philosophies of mind and language, to moral and political philosophy, aesthetics and phenomenology, and the history of philosophy.

The programme is designed to ensure that the central areas of the subject are covered, while also allowing you to choose from an array of options, some of which may be taken from other departments at UCL.

Your learning

Our teaching is based on lectures and seminars that complement each other. In your first year, you will be introduced to the basic elements of philosophical reasoning through lectures, seminars and small-group tutorial classes. In years two and three your chosen courses will be taught by an expert from within our department through a combination of lectures, related seminars and classes.

Assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (essays) and written examination. You may also elect to submit a dissertation as one of your options.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to the History of Philosophy I
Introduction to the History of Philosophy II
Introduction to Logic I
Introduction to Logic II
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Knowledge and Reality
Philosophy Tutorial: Texts and Debate

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

All second year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select 4.0 credits of optional courses, including at least one course each from Groups A, B, and C:

Group A
Theoretical Philosophy (e.g. Knowledge; Metaphysics; Mind and Body; Language)

Group B
Normative Philosophy (e.g. Aesthetics; Applied Ethics; Global Justice and Health; Morality and Literature; Normative Ethics; Political Philosophy)

Group C
History of Philosophy (e.g. Adorno: Art and Politics; Aristotle; Kant; Marxism; Plato)

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All third year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will choose eight courses from the wide range of options available to the value of 4.0 credits.

You must pass at least six level III courses and have passed one course from group A, B, and C respectively to graduate. You can take a total of 2.0 credits from other departments at UCL.

Further details on department website: Philosophy BA

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38
Subjects A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here


International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Select country above, equivalent grades appear here.


Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Opportunities

This programme will assist you in constructing and assessing philosophical positions and arguments, thereby teaching you how to analyse and present complex ideas. Furthermore, it will provide you with an understanding of a wide range of traditional and contemporary philosophical theories. Such skills are transferable to non-philosophical contexts.

The discipline of philosophical training, and in particular its emphasis on rigorous argumentation, logic, and clarity of thought and expression, makes philosophy graduates highly suitable for a wide variety of careers.

Many recent UCL graduates have excelled in the legal profession, training as both solicitors and barristers, while others have entered publishing, journalism, finance, the Civil Service, Parliament, or local government. Philosophy graduates are also sought after as programmers and systems analysts. A high proportion of students go on to further study in philosophy.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme and other related Philosophy programmes include:

  • Gallery Assistant, Bank Street Arts (2012)
  • Future Leader, Barclays (2012)
  • Researcher, DADA Television Associates (2011)
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Citigroup (2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, Woodbridge Primary School (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Procedure for 2014 Entry

UCL Philosophy enrols about 70 undergraduate students each year who we think are suited for sustained philosophical study. Most are on the single honours Philosophy BA programme. 

  • Applications should be made through UCAS

Average Application Numbers

Programme Number of Applications
Number of Offers Made
Philosophy BA (V500) 365 60
Philosophy and Economics BA (VL51) 355 40
Philosophy and History of Art BA (VV53) 55 3 (or more)
Philosophy and Greek BA (VQ57) 10 2 - 4


We need to apply a somewhat higher standard to Philosophy and Economics (VL51), given the high quality and quantity of the applications, and the limited number whom we can enrol.

Procedure

Selection will be made on the basis of information contained in the UCAS form: achieved and predicted academic grades, the level of interest in, motivation towards, and experience of the subject as indicated in the personal statement, the reference supplied, and any relevant contextual factors. In addition applicants may be asked from time to time to provide further information, such as AS module results, or a response to a questionnaire.

Notification

An official decision reaches each applicant through UCL's Arts and Humanities Faculty and through UCAS.

We try to let applicants know the decision without too much delay, but in order to be fair to later applicants we may have to keep some waiting.

Regretfully, given the ratio of applicants to places, some good students are unsuccessful.

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