v500 - Philosophy BA

Philosophy BA Honours

UCAS Code: V500 (full time: 3 Years)

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


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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, with particular focus on the thinkers and concepts of the European continental tradition and the history of ideas. 

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

Meet Holly from the UK

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 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

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

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

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

Work placement (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.

Year Abroad (1429U)

You have the opportunity to transfer to 1429U BA Hons Philosophy (with Year Abroad) which involves a year of study in another country. This year abroad does not substitute for one year of study at Newcastle, but is in addition to the three years spent at Newcastle. In order to progress to Stage 3, you must pass the following module:

Students who fail will be required to transfer to Stage 3 of V500.

Careers Service Placement Year (1434U)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, if you are on the V500 Philosophy programme, you may as part of your studies for the degree, spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation and transfer to 1434U. If you are required to re‐sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. Students who fail Stage 2 may not complete a placement year.  

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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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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    • institution code - N21

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