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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year has been designed to prepare you for entry on to the degree. You'll study the following modules

  • Politics, War and Ethics
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 1
  • English Language for Academic Purposes 2
  • Academic Study Skills
  • The Power of Ideas
  • Introduction to Study in the Humanities 

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £13,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £9,000

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
Foundation Year 19% 0% 83%
Y1 17% 0% 83%
Y2 17% 0% 83%
Final 14% 0% 86%
Foundation 12% 10% 78%
Y1 57% 0% 43%
Y2 27% 8% 65%
Final 20% 4% 76%

About the course

Philosophy has been taught at Hull since the University first opened its doors in 1927. We're consistently rated one of the UK's best programmes for student satisfaction, thanks to the expertise of our teaching staff and our focus on developing each individual student. Studying philosophy at Hull means doing philosophy, engaging with current issues and emerging philosophical challenges and, in doing so, building and employing the skills and disciplinary methods that only a training in philosophy can provide. Philosophy students at Hull will have the opportunity to take part in a continuing series of fortnightly debates in which the students join with Philosophy staff and colleagues from other areas such as Law, Medicine, Psychology, History, Film Studies and others to engage with external speakers and eminent visiting experts in order to examine the problems of the day from philosophical and other perspectives.

Philosophy gives you key skills and attributes to face a challenging and ever-changing world. You'll grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of reality, consciousness and what it is to be human. You'll debate the big issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, and you'll be encouraged from the very start to apply your burgeoning skills and knowledge to contemporary real-world problems. If you do not have the qualifications to enter the degree directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.


BA (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Philosophy, as it's taught at Hull, gives you the skills that employers look for – including analytical thinking, critical debating skills, intellectual integrity and a creative approach to problem solving.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in teaching, lecturing, media production, publishing, print and broadcast journalism, law, politics, Civil Service, public relations, business and the charity sector. Others have chosen to continue their studies as postgraduates.

The University also provides comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews and CV workshops. It's open to all students and its services remain open to graduates whenever they're required throughout your career.