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Contacts

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

Overseas fee

General funding notes

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UCAS code:

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).

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.

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Degree benefits

Your learning

Assessment

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Degree structure

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Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
Subjects
AS Levels
GCSEs

IB Diploma

Points
Subjects

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

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Opportunities

Destinations

Procedure for 2013 Entry

UCL Philosophy enrols about 50 undergraduate students each year who we think are suited for sustained philosophical study. Most are on the single honours Philosophy BA programme. Our procedure has been developed in recent years to make the admissions process fairer and more efficient.

  • 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


Although the A-Level condition of entry for Philosophy and Greek and Philosophy and History of Art is lower than that of Single Honours Philosophy (AAB versus AAA), we otherwise apply the same high standard when making decisions regarding offers across these three courses.

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

The UCAS form of each applicant is examined to decide whether to pursue the application further (we are looking for preliminary evidence of philosophical motivation and intellectual ability). Selected applicants are then invited to an open day.

Open Day

  • At the open day a member of the UCL Philosophy describes the BA Philosophy courses and answer your queries.
  • This is followed by a philosophical talk with a brief discussion period, followed by a short written test on the subject of the talk.
  • Promising applicants who reside outside the UK will not be asked to attend an open day Instead, they will be emailed essay questions by the Assistant to the Philosophy Admissions Tutor, to be answered and returned to us as part of the selection process.

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.

At the beginning of each session we arrange a conference for new students, so that they can quickly get to know each other and some of the staff and students already here, and experience the intellectual stimulation that is the hallmark of UCL Philosophy.

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