Philosophy BA (Hons)

Interrogate what it means to be human and develop the personal and intellectual skills you need for any career that involves thinking, talking or writing about your ideas on this truly fascinating academic programme. Join us on a journey through traditional areas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral theory, and the philosophy of mind and language, as well as modern European philosophy and applied ethics. Our academics are all active researchers, and their work in areas such as bioethics, professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health, and philosophy and popular culture feeds directly into the modules they teach.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Philosophy at UCLan is 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction, assessment and feedback and academic support - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Philosophy at UCLan – ranked top in the North West in the 2019 Guardian League Table.
  • You can learn about cultures or languages through our Worldwise Learning Centre or study abroad, with awards and bursaries available for Europe or North America.
  • Our academics are active researchers, working in areas such as bioethics, professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health, which feeds directly into the course.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Reason and Argument
  • Freedom and Determinism
  • Foundations of Knowledge: Rationalism and Empiricism
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • The Value of Knowledge: What is Education For?


  • Science Fiction and Philosophy
  • Power, Politics and the State
  • Plus one further elective option

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Foundations of Ethics


  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Epistemology
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • plus one further elective option

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Philosophy Dissertation
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory


  • Modern European Thought
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

104 Points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
Pass International Baccalaureate with 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Further Information

Education should be for life, not just for work. Higher education is not only about extending our knowledge and developing skills, but also about pursuing more searching questions – questions about what is really worth striving for, about how we should conduct ourselves, about the place of thought and reasoning in a successful human life, and about the nature and limits of our knowledge. 

In studying Philosophy at UCLan, you will be investigating these questions in the company of highly qualified, enormously committed and very approachable staff. Our student/lecturer ratio is excellent: you will be taught in small classes by staff who know you by name, and are aware of your own particular interests and needs. Friendly advice and support is always available. You will be encouraged to reach your own philosophical conclusions, and taught how to do so through the use of rigorous argumentation and painstaking logical analysis.

You’ll have an opportunity to build a work placement into your studies, via modules offered through our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. These modules offer placements with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations in areas such as music and the arts, environment and conservation, crime prevention, health and social welfare, sports, youth work, culture and heritage, ICT, PR and fundraising.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Philosophy modules are taught using a combination of lectures and seminar-based group discussions. An important function of the latter is to encourage students to reflect on and question their habitual assumptions and presuppositions and to develop and defend their own considered views. Learners benefit from well-equipped teaching rooms and an up-to-date library, with access to a wide range of online resources.

All members of the course team are active researchers in areas such as bioethics, moral theory, metaphysics, environmental ethics, professional ethics, philosophy of mind and mental health, and philosophy and popular culture. Their diverse knowledge and experience allows the programme to be both stimulating and distinctive. In many cases their research activities feed directly into the content of the modules they teach.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework (essays, portfolios, critical learning diaries) and seen exams. Assessed presentations are also employed.

Industry Links

The UCLan BA(Hons) Philosophy programme is an academic rather than a vocational programme, designed to help our students develop the personal and intellectual qualities that will enable them to work effectively in a range of graduate careers. The majority of graduate employers are not seeking graduates of specific vocational courses, but graduates who have the broad range of skills and attributes that are characteristically developed through academic study at degree level in traditional disciplines. In this respect, Philosophy graduates compare favourably with graduates of cognate Humanities disciplines such as History and English Literature.

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Applicants often ask about the employability benefits of a Philosophy degree. Philosophy is not a vocational degree and consequently its employability benefits are not immediately obvious. Nevertheless, it is a highly flexible degree which develops skills and abilities that bring real employability benefits, as you can see from this article (the site is tailored to the US context, but much of what it says is equally applicable to the UK).

A philosophy degree is particularly suited to careers in advertising, the civil service, education, film and television, information technology, journalism, law, marketing, and management. However, the emphasis we place on transferrable skills means that philosophy graduates are able to apply these skills in differing contexts and have confidence and ability to work effectively in a varied range of occupations.

You can learn a language and travel abroad with awards and bursaries through Worldwise, and spend a year or a semester studying overseas.

Recent philosophy graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or teaching in primary schools and secondary schools (including A level Philosophy and/or Religious Studies), higher and further education institutes and teaching English abroad. Others have gone into management and administration in a range of public and private sector organisations.

For students wishing to continue to postgraduate study at UCLan, we offer an MA by research and (of particular interest to those thinking of going into RE teaching), and an MA in Religion, Culture and Society. Some recent Philosophy graduates have also gone on to research degrees (MPhil/PhD in Philosophy).


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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.