Programme contacts


Departmental Administrator
Helen Pascoe 
h.pascoe@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 3068

Fees and funding

Fees
UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)
Funding

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

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

This degree aims to provide you with an understanding of a range of central philosophical debates together with a detailed education in history of art. All major areas of philosophy are available for study. You will also address issues about the very nature of art and human perception of visual culture.

Programme Overview

This degree aims to provide you with an understanding of a range of central philosophical debates together with a detailed education in history of art. All major areas of philosophy are available for study. You will also address issues about the very nature of art and human perception of visual culture. The programme is designed to help you in constructing and assessing philosophical positions and arguments for yourself. These analytic skills are highly valuable in academic and professional contexts.

You will study Philosophy and History of Art on a roughly equal basis. 

First Year

In the first year, you will take several introductory courses, which will provide you with a foundation for later studies. 

In History of Art, you will take the module ‘History of Art and its Objects’, which provides an introduction to a range of skills required to study the History of Art, including the first-hand study of works of art. This is designed to familiarise you with some current debates in the subject, and to introduce you to a variety of theoretical positions of which you need to be aware in the course of your degree.
You will also take the modules ‘History of European Art (1): Classical to Early Renaissance’, and ‘History of European Art (2): High Renaissance to Present Day’. These modules are designed to introduce you to the dominant narrative of art history as an historical development (‘the canon’), and to encourage you to look at that model critically. Space is also given to categories outside the conventional canon.

In Philosophy, you will choose four options from a range of modules in the following areas:

  • History of Philosophy (Ancient and Early Modern Philosophy)
  • 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 (exploring the nature of knowledge and belief)
  • Metaphysics (investigating the nature of the world)
  • Logic (learning principles of good reasoning).

You can also choose a module called ‘Texts and Debate’, which will introduce you to philosophical methodology, as well as to some key ideas and concepts in philosophy. For this module, students are taught in small tutorial groups to ensure that they have an opportunity to develop their ideas in discussion and through presentations.

Second Year

In your second year, you will study core areas of Philosophy and History of Art in greater depth. 

In History of Art, you will study the module ‘Gateway I: After Life: Art, Knowledge and Observation in Early Modern Europe’. This module will engage with the question of what and how draughtsmen, print makers, painters and artisans know, and will discuss the role of images in the production and circulation of knowledge. You will also study ‘Gateway II: Image/Object’, which looks at developments in modern art during the twentieth century and up to the present. You will also choose an additional two modules in History of Art, from a wide range of options. 

In Philosophy, you will choose four one-term modules from a wide selection, including courses from at least two of the following areas of philosophy: theoretical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, etc.); normative philosophy (ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, etc.); history of philosophy (Ancient Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Philosophy, etc).

Third Year

In your third year, you will study a number of advanced topics in Philosophy and History of Art. You are able to choose options from a wide selection of modules, allowing scope for specialisation and in-depth study. Over your second and third year, you can also choose a certain number of modules from UCL departments other than Philosophy and History of Art and/or concentrate slightly in Philosophy or in History of Art by substituting a certain number of optional Philosophy modules for History of Art modules, or vice versa. 


Degree benefits

  • You will gain analytic and argumentative skills that are highly valuable both in academic and professional contexts.
  • The UCL Philosophy and History of Art departments are outstanding. UCL Philosophy had a remarkable performance in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework): 46% of UCL Philosophy’s submission was assessed at the top grade, 4*, denoting “quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour”, while 85% of the Department of History of Art’s research overall rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • There is a rich array of extracurricular philosophy events available in London. As a UCL Philosophy & History of Art 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. 
  • UCL's central location in London is within walking distance of the British Museum and provides easy access to the National Gallery, the Tate Galleries and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credit units (cus), adding up to a total of 4.0 cus for the year (2.0 cus in each of the two teaching terms). A 1.0 cu module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 

The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies depending on the year of the degree programme. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. 

First Year

You will take 4.0 cus of modules (2.0 cus per term). You will take 2.0 cus from the Department of History of Art, which will comprise the compulsory modules HART1001, HART1306, and HART1305. You will also take 2.0 cus in Philosophy.

Compulsory Modules

• HART1001: History of Art and its Objects (Term 1 & Term 2; 1.0 cus)

• HART1306: History of European Art (1): Classical to Early Renaissance (Term 1; 0.5 cus)

• HART1305: History of European Art (2): High Renaissance to Present Day (Term 2; 0.5 cus)

Optional Modules

In the Department of Philosophy, you will take 2.0 cus of optional modules. This will comprise four modules, which you will choose from the following list:

  • PHIL1010: History of Philosophy I (0.5 cus; Term 1)
  • PHIL1011: History of Philosophy II (0.5 cus; Term 2)
  • PHIL1012: Knowledge and Reality (0.5 cus; Term 1)
  • PHIL1014: Introduction to Logic I (0.5 cus; Term 1)
  • PHIL1013: Introduction to Logic II (0.5 cus; Term 2)
  • PHIL1015: Introduction to Moral Philosophy (0.5 cus; Term 2)
  • PHIL1016: Introduction to Political Philosophy (0.5 cus; Term 1)
  • PHIL1017: Philosophy Tutorial: Texts and Debate (0.5 cus; Term 2)

(N.B. PHIL1014 is a prerequisite for PHIL1013; otherwise there are no prerequisites)

Second Year

You will take 4.0 cus of modules (2.0 cus per term). You will take 2.0 cus of modules from the Department of History of Art, which will include the compulsory modules HART2010 and HART2011. You will also take 2.0 cus of modules in Philosophy.

Compulsory Modules

  • HART2010: Gateway Course: After Life: Art, Knowledge and Observation in Early Modern Europe (Term 1; 0.5 cus)
  • HART2011: Gateway II: Image/Object (Term 2; 0.5 cus)


Optional Modules

In the Department of History of Art, you will take 1.0 cus of optional modules. This will consist of at least 1.0 cus from a range of modules in History of Art. A full list of History of Art modules can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/current_students/undergraduates/ug_course_description.


In the Department of Philosophy, you will take 2.0 cus of optional modules. This will comprise four 0.5 cu modules, and will include modules from at least two of groups A, B, and C:

  • Group A: Theoretical Philosophy (e.g. Intermediate Logic; Knowledge; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind)
  • Group B: Normative Philosophy (e.g. Aesthetics; Applied Ethics; Ethics; Morality & Literature; Political Philosophy)
  • Group C: History of Philosophy (e.g. Aristotle; Marxism; Nietzsche; Plato)

A full list of current module options in Philosophy can be viewed by clicking on ‘BA Modules’ via the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/current-students/ba-programmes


In choosing your second year modules, you must bear in mind that:

  • You can take at most one 0.5 cu Level III module (Level III Philosophy modules are coded PHIL3***; Level III History of Art modules are coded HART3***).
  • You cannot take any Level I Philosophy modules in your second year. 
  • To progress to the third year of the degree programme, you must (in addition to the standard progression requirements) pass a minimum of 1.0 cus of Level II or Level III modules in Philosophy and a minimum of 1.0 cus of Level II or Level III modules in History of Art.
  • You can substitute a maximum of one of your four optional 0.5 cu Philosophy modules for a 0.5 cu module from another department (this may be History of Art, or some other department at UCL). (N.B. For the purposes of these requirements, ESPS philosophy modules count as modules from the UCL Philosophy Department.) You should consult with your History of Art personal tutor or the History of Art departmental tutor about whether you can substitute any of your optional History of Art modules for modules from another UCL department.
Third Year

You will select 4.0 cus of optional courses (2.0 cus per term), including:

No module is compulsory, but your choice must abide by the following rules.

  • You must pass at least six level III modules (from any department) in order to graduate. (Level III Philosophy modules are coded PHIL3***; Level III History of Art modules are coded HART3***.) If you have passed any Level III modules in your second year, they will be counted towards this requirement.
  • You cannot take any Level I modules in your third year.
  • You must have passed one Philosophy module from each of groups A, B, and C to graduate.
  • You can substitute a maximum of one of your four optional 0.5 cu Philosophy modules for a 0.5 cu module from another department (this may be History of Art, or some other department at UCL). (N.B. For the purposes of these requirements, ESPS philosophy modules count as modules from the UCL Philosophy Department.) You should consult with your History of Art personal tutor or the History of Art departmental tutor about whether you can substitute any of your optional History of Art modules for modules from another UCL department.
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 philosophy options.

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.
UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A

International applications

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

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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Careers

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 (2010-2013) of this programme and other related Philosophy programmes include:

  • Graduate Trainee, Sotheby's (2013)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School (2013)
  • Trainee ABA Tutor, Ambitious About Autism (2012)
  • Project Management and Design, Engage Agency (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in History of Decorative Art, Parsons University, New York (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Procedure for 2015 Entry

UCL Philosophy enrols about 65 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) 380 160
Philosophy and Economics BA (VL51) 110 40
Philosophy and History of Art BA (VV53) 52 12 (or more)
Philosophy and Greek BA (VQ57) 5 3

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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