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Philosophy and Ethics and Psychology BA/BSc (Hons)

Bath Spa University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
26 September 2022

26 September 2022

About this program

Philosophy and Ethics and Psychology

Philosophy and Ethics

Rather than teaching philosophy primarily as a history of ideas – although we do explore this – we focus on the application of current philosophical thinking in contemporary settings and circumstances. You’ll consider our responses to environmental crises, for example, or questions of identity, belonging, social justice and the interplay between the personal and the political.

We consider Western philosophical and ethical perspectives, and introduce you to the systems of thought of India and China. This mix of content and the inclusiveness of our approach make the Philosophy and Ethics course particularly distinctive, vital and compelling.


Our Psychology course begins with intentional support for your successful transition to university, carries you through the content and skills that define a Psychology graduate, and ends by opening up conceptual and career possibilities you may not have previously considered.

In addition to exploring the five main psychological perspectives: biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social, and research methods, you will engage with the historical and conceptual underpinnings of Psychology throughout. You’ll also learn to leverage your science to the benefit of your fellow students, industry and for social good.

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Program content

Philosophy and Ethics

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Truth and Reality
  • Ethics and Values
  • Worlds of Ideas
  • Thinking Together – Humanities in the 21st Century

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Ecology and Nature
  • Digital Humanities
  • Applying Philosophy
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Atheism and Unbelief
  • Working Together

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Philosophy Project
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Ecology and Nature
  • Utpoia and Dystopia
  • Making Sex
  • Life and Meaning
  • Comparative Philosophy


Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • Individual Differences: personality and intelligence
  • Psychological Science for Student Sucess
  • Debates in Psychological and Critical Thinking
  • Worlds of Ideas.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
  • Biological and Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Mindfulness
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic and Investigative Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Work Placement
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • Science and Journalism Publishing
  • Professional Placement Year.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation 1: Design and pre-registration
  • Dissertation 2: Research report
  • Contemporary Application of Psychological Science
  • Social Psychology of Peace and Conflict
  • Applied Behavioural Psychology
  • Evolutionary Neuroscience and the Origin of the Human Mind
  • Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology
  • Psychology of Sexual Health
  • Animal behaviour.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


International students Full time: £15,240


Program Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Philosophical knowledge Systematic and comparative knowledge of the complexity of philosophical enquiry, argument and analysis that draws on a range of philosophical traditions

Philosophical debates Systematic understanding and analysis of selected debates and theories in the study of philosophy,and their application to contemporary issues, challenges and problems

Ethical perspectives Detailed comparative understanding, interpretation and application of ethical concepts and theories from a transcultural perspective, using contemporary examples

Theory and method Integration, evaluation and application of concepts, theory, methods from different philosophical traditions in support of independent analyses of a diverse range of issues and problems

Reasoning and argument The ability to formulate, critique, defend and evaluate your own and others’ philosophical positions with clarity, precision and intellectual rigour, leading to a sustained and independent line of argument

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Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is a top UK university for creativity, culture, enterprise and education. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa University ensures that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens....

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Bath Spa University

Newton Park
BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

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