philosophy

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Philosophy

Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

UCAS code: V500

What you'll study

Teaching on this programme takes a variety of forms, from large group lectures to small tutorials and intensive one-on-one supervision. You'll attend seminars on the close analysis of a single reading and large fortnightly debates on topical issues, and there'll be personal feedback and assessment review sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building group exercises.

The role of assessment is not just to test but to further develop your philosophical skills and abilities. You will engage in individual and group assessment activities, delivered orally as well as in written form and through a multitude of formats such as essays, exams, presentations, poster presentations, debates and dissertations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Reason, Logic and Argument

  • Science and Society

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture

  • God, Evil and the Meaning of Life

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Moral Philosophy

  • 20th-Century Philosophy

  • Ways of Knowing

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Theorising Gender

  • History of Political Thought

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Terrorism, War and Ethics

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core module

  • Philosophy Dissertation or Short Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

  • Contemporary Aesthetics

  • Wittgenstein

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Love

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

“I really liked how diverse the modules were because it meant that I could choose particular topics that interested me.”

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More about this 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.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
independent

First year

17%

83%

Second year

17%

83%

Final year

14%

86%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

57%

43%

Second year

27%

8%

65%

Final year

20%

4%

76%

Studying philosophy at Hull, means doing philosophy. It’s been taught here since we first opened our doors in 1927.

Debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, while developing valuable skills in analytical and critical thinking.

Hone your intellectual arguments with fellow students, academic staff and invited experts in our fortnightly debates.

Our research expertise covering a wide variety of areas - from Plato to Nietzsche - shapes your teaching.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

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 academic 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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 problem solving - which is why 100% of our philosophy graduates are in work or further study within six months (HESA 2017). 

Our graduates go 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 choose 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.