We want you to become a confident, capable and skilled philosopher familiar with the core aspects of this expansive subject area, its key thinkers and traditions, and their many debates.
Flexibility and choice are also key features of your philosophy degree: by selecting specialist modules you can create your own individual path. You can even complete your degree with a choice of dissertation or independent research project on a topic of your own, developed and agreed in discussion with your supervisor.
Whatever course you choose, you’ll encounter important philosophers including: Descartes and Plato, and you’ll investigate areas of philosophy including Metaphysics, Epistemology, Moral and Political Philosophy. Specific modules will introduce you to to Ancient Philosophy, Logic, issues surrounding the relation between mind and reality, and other central themes in contemporary philosophy.
What is the course structure?
BA Philosophy, BA Philosophy with Psychology, or BA Philosophy with Classical Civilisation, BA Philosophy and Literature, or BSc Mathematics and Philosophy
Our first year curriculum aims to hone your ability to critically argue and complete well-structured analytical essays on philosophical readings. So you can master the fundamentals block by block, from reading well with understanding, outlining key concepts, detecting patterns of argument, and developing essay plans.
You'll be exposed to major philosophical arguments and positions in Central Themes in Contemporary Philosophy and Mind and Reality. Are beauty and goodness a matter of opinion? Are we just animals? Is experience a feature of the brain? Can we know anything about the external world? In Plato and Descartes, you'll pursue questions about justice and knowledge by standing on the shoulders of two philosophical giants. And in Introduction to Symbolic Logic, you'll develop your abilities to analyze and assess complex trains of argument.
From here, your individual degree will begin to define the additional core modules that you add to this:
BA Philosophy offers you a most flexible and comprehensive Philosophy education. You’ll encounter Ancient philosophy, a module in Philosophical skills (in which you'll learn how to analyze, evaluate and construct good arguments, and develop skills in academic writing and research) and Ethics and Modern Philosophy as compulsory aspects in later years to complete your grounding. A quarter of your first year’s credits are your choice, and this increases to over 60% of modules being selected by you in your second year. Your final year is down to you: all your modules are chosen by you according to our individual interests and goals, and you’ll choose from an extensive and varied selection.
BA Philosophy with Psychology means you’ll spend around a quarter of your time engaging with Psychology degree-level learning, as well as your philosophy. The specialised modules in ‘Philosophy of Mind’ underpin the focus of this course. This allows you to tackle broad areas such as perception, cognition, knowledge of the self and others and consciousness from a science and non-science, and even multidisciplinary perspective. Whilst you are by no means bound to limit your optional choices to this area of interest, you will find that the intense research interests that make us renowned for this specialism offer you a range of fresh, current modules that you won’t find elsewhere.
BA Philosophy with Classical Civilisation gives you the options to add in Greek or Latin language, or to focus on the culture and society of the Greek or Roman worlds. Then, you build your degree flexibly with your choice of modules from the departments of Classics and Philosophy for 60% of your second year and 100% of your final year.
BA Philosophy and Literature - Thanks to some very specific expertise built up by Warwick in research, teaching and course development in this area, your degree will be a coherent and custom designed course. On this course, you will take two interdisciplinary modules, one in first year and the second in the third year. So, you will be incorporating combined areas such as aesthetics, textual studies and problems in Philosophy and Literature with relevant expertise offered by our well-reputed English department, as well as other aspects of Philosophy. You can shape your course from year one, choosing one of your modules from six options. You choose 60% of your modules in year two, and 75% of your modules in your final year.
BSc Mathematics and Philosophy allows you to explore the relationship between the two disciplines through logic and the philosophy of mathematics. On this course, you will take the required core modules during your first year within the two departments. You will be exploring areas such as symbolic logic, algebra and analysis, and the challenges in Mathematics and Philosophy. In your second and third year, more than 50% of your modules are up to you and may be selected from a broad range of optional modules. The course also gives you the option to undertake an additional year to undertake advanced study in logic or mathematics, subject to academic requirements.