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v500 - Philosophy BA

Philosophy BA Honours

UCAS Code: V500 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

This degree explores philosophical questions like the nature of existence, mind and body, knowledge, goodness and beauty.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
V500

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 32 points

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Philosophy at Newcastle provides a thorough grounding in the main branches of philosophy, in both the continental and analytic traditions, as well as non-Western thought.

As a student of philosophy at Newcastle you will:

  • explore the relationship between philosophy and other areas of human endeavour, such as art, religion, and the natural and social sciences
  • choose from our wide range of stimulating modules including: ethics, the nature of freedom, the just society, creativity and taste
  • study philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Hume, Nietzsche, Sartre and de Beauvoir

A degree in philosophy will open your mind to new ways of thinking. You learn how to question, analyse and balance multiple (and often opposing) points of view. These are skills that are much in demand in a wide range of careers.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I really enjoyed the course. The lecturers have an amazing amount of knowledge, which spans over so many different philosophical thinkers.

Holly, Philosophy BA Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You can take 40 credits from anywhere in the University, but the following optional modules are recommended:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You can take 40 credits from anywhere in the University, but the following optional modules are recommended:

Intercalating year (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

You may opt to take a year abroad between Stages 2 and 3, and spend a year of study in another country. In order to progress to Stage 3, you must pass the following module:

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

If you wish to and are eligible to do a semester abroad you will take the following modules:

Optional modules

If you are not taking a semester abroad, you can take 40 credits of optional modules from anywhere in the University. The following optional modules are recommended:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Philosophical Studies careers

Although Philosophical Studies is generally considered to be a non-vocational degree, employers will value the specific skills that the study of philosophy develops and how you link these to the requirements of jobs.

The study of philosophy helps you to develop the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments, think logically and critically about ideas and issues, communicate clearly and persuasively, and generate solutions to problems.

You also gain crucial employability skills sought by graduate employers, including independent study and self-motivation, the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines, flexibility, creativity, the ability to identify, absorb and sift complex information, teamwork, and applications of information technology.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop a personal portfolio of knowledge and skills in a field best matching your tastes and abilities. This will provide you with an opportunity to get acquainted with the work environment in an area of employment of interest to you.

Philosophical Studies graduates are found working with almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Typical employers include the National Health Service, Civil Service, law firms, charities, publishing and advertising. Some graduates will continue to Master's-level studies. Popular choices include law, journalism and media.

Find out more about the career options for Philosophy from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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