What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
The Problems of Philosophy
We'll introduce you to some of the key issues in the subject, covering central theories and arguments in moral, politics and social philosophy, mataphysics and epistemology.
Reason, Logic and Argument
As well as introducing you to elementary logic, this module builds your confidence in analysing and evaluating arguments, enhancing your disciplinary skills and understanding.
Science and Society
This module introduces you to the history and philosophy of science, examining the nature of scientific knowledge and practice set in its historical and social context.
Philosophy, History and Ideology
Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies and assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications.
The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture
This module explores philosophical questions and influences in their cultural setting; for example, in music, photography, art, film, digital media and entertainment.
God, Evil and the Meaning of Life
Examine claims about the existence of God and the nature of faith. Are religious statements meaningful? Does the fact that pain and suffering exist suggest that God doesn't?
Second year modules
Study key issues such as the nature of morality, moral truth and moral epistemology. And we'll encourage you to reflect critically on the foundations of morality.
20th Century Philosophy
Examine the key recent philosophical movements and the thoughts of figures from different traditions, to understand the motivation behind contemporary philosophical debates.
This module examines the nature of knowledge. What is knowledge? What's the difference between knowledge and belief? Does knowing something depend on your viewpoint?
Philosophical Research Methods
This is both a conceptual and practical module. It combines reflection on key questions, theories and arguments with different conceptions of practising philosophy.
Mind, Brain and Behaviour
The relation between the mental and the physical is a long-standing philosophical issue. Explore the origins of the modern form of this problem and Descartes’ attempted solution.
Examine theories of gender relations, looking at masculinity and femininity, the relationship of gender and sexuality and the intersections of gender with other social divisions.
Discuss the main problems in environmental philosophy, drawing on the recent work of philosophers, environmental activists, and contemporary feminist thinkers.
Final year modules
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to carry out your own sustained independent research project on a philosophical topic of your choice.
What is art? Should we analyse it aesthetically or institutionally? This module also considers many interesting issues about particular arts, such as music and literature.
Wittgenstein on Knowledge and Certainty
Examine Wittgenstein’s later thought on knowledge and certainty and discuss issues such as scepticism, relativism, world-views, anthropology, religion, diversity and philosophy of psychology.
Gender, Science and Knowledge
This is an overview of the ways of theorising the relationship between gender, science, and knowledge. It explores the concepts of objectivity, rationality and nature.
Key Philosophical Thinkers
On this module, you'll explore the central themes in the work of a key philosopher in the history of ideas, considering and evaluating them with reference to contemporary debates.
This module examines the teachings of Confucius on (among other things) education, society, politics and governance, conduct and ethics or the ideal life.
Detection, Depiction, Deception
Explore the theories of the nature of photography and photographic images, centred on the contested idea that photographs have a special relation to reality.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.