Philosophy BA (2023)
This programme aims to provide an understanding of a range of central philosophical debates, as well as an understanding of the history of philosophy (Ancient, Modern and contemporary). All major areas of philosophy are available for study, including moral and political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic, as well as some Continental philosophy.
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme startsSeptember 2022
Application deadline26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language at grade B or 6 and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Contextual offer information
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
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- A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Latin at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA.
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
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Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
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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.
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
The first year provides a foundation for later studies. Lectures will introduce the student to political philosophy (questions about the state, liberty and justice), moral philosophy (questions about the definition of right action, moral motivation, the metaphysics of moral judgements); epistemology (about knowledg and belief), metaphysics (about the nature of things, reality, personal identity, free will), and introductory logic, which models principles of sound reasoning. All of these are compulsory for single-subject students.
In your second and third years you choose from a range of modules. The only constraint on choice is a liberal 'breadth' requirement; beyond that, all modules in years 2 and 3 are optional. These may include metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophies of mind and language, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and central historical figures (for example Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche).
The programme is designed to ensure coverage of the central areas of Philosophy, while also allowing you to choose from an array of optional modules (some of which may be taken from other UCL departments).
What this course will give you
UCL Philosophy has consistently been in the top ten for philosophy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
The research interests of 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 Institute of Philosophy. The undergraduates also run a Philosophy Society.
Teaching and learning
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Philosophy.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- 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
- Philosophical Study Skills: Reading, Understanding and Essay Writing
All first year modules are compulsory.
All second year modules are optional.
You will select 4.0 credits of optional modules, including at least one module from each of Groups A, B, and C:
Theoretical Philosophy (e.g. Knowledge; Metaphysics; Mind and Body; Language; Intermediate Logic)
Normative Philosophy (e.g. Aesthetics; Applied Ethics; Global Justice and Health; Morality and Literature; Normative Ethics; Advanced Political Philosophy)
History of Philosophy (e.g. Aristotle; Plato; Marxism; Nietzsche; Wittgenstein; Adorno; Hegel)
All third year modules are optional.
You will choose eight from the wide range of optional modules available to the value of 4.0 credits. You can take a total of 2.0 credits from other departments at UCL.
You must pass at least six level 3* (advanced) modules - one of which may be taken in year two - and have passed one module from each of Groups A, B, and C (above) to graduate.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (essays or shorter pieces of writing) and written examination. You may also elect to submit a dissertation as one of your optional modules.
The foundation of your career
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.
This programme will teach you how to understand and evaluate philosophical theories and arguments, thereby developing your analytical and critical skills. You will also be trained to write clear and well-structured essays. Such skills are transferable to non-philosophical contexts and highly valued by employers.
UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||9,250 (2022/23)|
|Tuition fees (2022/23)||24,000 (2022/23)|
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Funding your studies
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
In addition to looking for outstanding grades in your academic record, we also assess your application for evidence of your ability to engage with philosophical arguments and ideas, and your skills in reasoning.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Selection will be made on the basis of information contained in the UCAS application: 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.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.
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