What will I learn?
This degree will appeal if you are interested in fundamental questions about the nature and origins of themes such as existence, minds and language. You will explore philosophy’s cultural significance, covering topics including ancient philosophy, the philosophy of language, the Latin and Greek languages, and Greek and Roman history.
You will be taught by staff from the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Classics and Ancient History. The course offers flexible options from Philosophy and Classics modules, plus the option to take 25% of your degree in another department. You’ll emerge with strong analytical and critical skills alongside the ability to integrate complex bodies of thought involving multiple perspectives.
Your capacity to explain and argue through persuasive writing, presentation and negotiation will be sought after by many different employers.
How will I learn?
Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, and seminars alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our students benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, and our students highly rate the feedback they receive. In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops.
How will I be assessed?
We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, other assessed work (which may include, for example, group work or video presentations), examinations and an optional dissertation or individual project. Your second and third year work carries equal weight in determining your final degree classification.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.
All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36 points
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information on the latter please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Essential Subjects Grade B in GCSE Maths, or 5 in IB Higher Level Maths/6 in IB Standard Level Maths or Maths Studies.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Department Open Days These are held during February and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
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What modules could I study?
Your first year provides a solid grounding in classical civilisation, the study and history of philosophy, and familiarity with a wide range of philosophical questions. Seminars will also instil the skills of close reading of complex texts and the preparation of wellcrafted philosophical prose. In the second and third years, very little is compulsory; you are free to pursue your philosophical and classical interests with guidance from professors and your personal tutor. You may also select some options from other departments. An optional dissertation in the final year allows you to research a chosen topic with close individual supervision.
Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the Philosophy department website.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where could my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: City and Guilds, Ministry of Justice, Boots, Deloitte, British Heart Foundation.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: News Editor, Analyst, Account Manager (Advertising), English Teacher, Market Research Assistant.
A level: AAB
IB: 36 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Philosophy
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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