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Philosophy BA

UCAS code V500
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3 years full time
Department Philosophy »

 

Are you looking to make sense of the world around you and to understand your place in it? Do you have a curious and inquisitive mind and are looking for a subject that teaches you how to think clearly and question perceptively, one that will sharpen your analytical skills and critical thinking? If so, then Philosophy is for you.

At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to the subject that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or the European tradition of philosophy focus on both traditions, their relationship and connections between them. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative programme that brings together academic staff from departments across the university.

Based in the Department of Politics and International Relations, academic staff are not only dedicated teachers of the subject, but also experts and published authorities in their fields. Departmental specialisms include a wide range of philosophical topics such as ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, 19th and 20th Century European philosophy and contemporary analytic philosophy and American pragmatism.

In addition to lectures and seminars, as a new student you will meet weekly in small tutorial groups with a member of the philosophy staff to discuss a piece of work you have been set and to evaluate the essays you have written. This helps develop the kind of critical and personal skills you’ll need both for higher-level academic work and for your future career.  At the end of this three-year degree course we will have helped you:

  • develop your understanding of key philosophical texts
  • acquire critical, analytical and group-working skills
  • hone your skill in philosophical argument
  • learn to understand the differing assumptions which inform central philosophical traditions

Plus, with the opportunity to examine (amongst other things) the mind and consciousness, aesthetics and morals, the self and others, the range of subjects available to Philosophy students at Royal Holloway guarantees that there will be something on offer that really engages you during your time with us.

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to Modern Philosophy

Epistemology and Metaphysics

Tutorial Special Study

Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Political Philosophy

Mind and Consciousness

Introduction to Aesthetics and Morals

Introduction To Ancient Philosophy

Year 2

Kant to Hegel

Mind and World

Year 3

Dissertation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken 

Year 2

Contemporary Political Theory

Modern Political Theory

Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 1

The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy

Introduction to European Philosophy - The Critique of Idealism

Philosophy and the Arts

Modern French Philosophy

Philosophy of Psychology

Philosophy of Psychology

Practical Ethics

The Varieties of Scepticism

The Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Religion

Year 3

Radical Political Theory: Nietzsche and Foucault

Social Justice - From Theory to Practice

 Issues in Democratic Theory

Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 2

The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy II

Literature and Philosophy

Husserl to Heidegger

Modern European Philosophy - Critical Theory and Hermeneutics

Recovering Reality

The Self and Others

Modern French Philosophy

Philosophy of Psychology

The Varieties of Scepticism

The Philosophy of Religion

Depending on the course unit, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, large and small seminar groups and occasionally in one-to-one tutorials. Outside classes you will undertake group projects and wide-ranging but guided independent study. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle, which provides a wide range of supporting materials.

Most modules contain an element of assessed coursework, such as an essay, presentation and/or assessed seminar participation marks, which contributes to the final mark awarded. The results of the first year assessments qualify you to progress to the second year but do not contribute to your final degree award. The second and final year results do contribute to the final degree result. You will take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year. 

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic
    achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is 
    being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Preferred subjects: History, Government & Politics, Law, Economics, Philosophy, R.E., English Literature, Sociology, Geography, Psychology

At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall  
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject area  
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject area & 1 A-Level grade B  
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction plus A-Levels grade BB  
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AABBB at Higher Level plus AB at Advanced Higher Level  
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements  
Irish Leaving Certificate AABBB at Higher Level  
Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit.

Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education

 

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

 IELTS 6.5 overall

  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Our outstanding record of success for work and further study puts the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway in the top 10 for graduate career prospects (Complete University Guide, 2015). It goes to show that our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.

Choosing philosophy at Royal Holloway not only prepares you well for postgraduate study, it also equips you with the skills and qualities that employers are looking for.  Philosophy degrees are well-regarded by employers because they give you the capacity to think through issues and problems in a logical and consistent way and to develop critical and transferable skills which can be applied in almost any area of employment from computing to the arts.   

So, by choosing to study this intellectually demanding discipline you will develop a broad range of highly prized transferable skills, such as:

  • the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently
  • the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise complex ideas
  • time management and the discipline to meet deadlines
  • organisation and research skills
  • problem-solving skills and capability

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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