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Philosophy (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Philosophy at Warwick?

  • Our academics produce world-leading research in both analytic and continental philosophy, and are involved in teaching at all levels. This means that you are learning from individuals at the forefront of their fields from day one.
  • Our courses are designed to help you develop clear, rigorous and creative responses to challenging and fundamental questions in a stimulating and inspiring intellectual environment.
  • We emphasise the study of Philosophy’s core traditions (e.g. in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant) as a background to understanding and critically interrogating more recent philosophical questions and concerns (as these have arisen in the works of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Russell, Frege and Wittgenstein, among others).

Dr Stephen Butterfill


Holly Hayes-Fisher

3nd year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This stimulating degree sees world-leading experts teach, challenge and provoke you on a range of philosophical questions. Whether your interests lie in continental or analytical approaches to philosophy (or both), this course allows you to combine areas of interest or specialise in certain fields.

You’ll benefit from some of the highest contact hours in the sector, and develop 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 means you’ll be sought after by a variety of employers.

Your first year provides a solid grounding in the art of philosophy and its history, and will develop your familiarity with a wide range of philosophical questions. Seminars will also instill the skills of close reading of complex texts and the preparation of well-crafted philosophical prose.

In your second and third years, you have more freedom to choose from optional modules inside the Department, which cover topics including Nietzsche, Sartre, Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, Aesthetics, Ethics, Contemporary Political Philosophy, Meaning and Mind. 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 from professors.

How will I learn?

Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, seminars and tutorials alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our contact hours are among the highest in the sector (8–12 hours per week) 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, examinations and an optional dissertation. 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Further Information

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.

Open Days Departmental Open Days are held during February and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

For further advice and information, please contact the Philosophy department on

What modules could I study?

In your first year you take the following core modules: Reason, Argument and Analysis; Plato and Descartes; Central Themes in Contemporary Philosophy; Mind and Reality; Logic I; Introduction to Ancient Philosophy.

You will also take 30 CATS of options: typically ‘Ideas of Freedom’ (15 CATS) and ‘Existence, Experience and History: Key Topics in Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy’ (15 CATS), or up to 30 CATS worth of modules from another subject.

In your second year you will take History of Modern Philosophy (which amounts to one quarter of your course for the year, or 30 CATS) and Ethics (one eighth of your course, or 15 CATS), and up to five further option modules (i.e. 75 CATS of options). You can spend up to a quarter of your time (30 CATS) in another subject. There are usually around 25 option modules for you to choose from. These options change from year to year, so that you have some different choices each year. The option modules cover a very wide range of different philosophical topics, as you can see from the list.

In your third year you will choose up to eight option modules (as in previous years, you’ll do 120 CATS in total, which can include up to 30 CATS in another subject). Many final year students choose to take the Dissertation (which is a quarter of your course for the year or 30 CATS) or the Individual Project (15 CATS). These modules enable you to pursue independent research under the individual supervision of a member of the department.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Analyst, EY; Marketing Co-ordinator, City and Guilds; Business Development, Bureau Recruitment; News Editor, European College of Liberal Arts; Assistant in Civil Service, Ministry of Justice.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:

IB: 36 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Philosophy

Student blogs
Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.