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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Belfast
English
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Program description

Philosophy BA

During your degree, you will learn about cutting-edge debates in core areas of philosophy such as ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge and political philosophy, as well as studying some of the key thinkers in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Mill and Marx. You will also develop your skills in reasoning and argumentation by studying formal logic and critical thinking.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • ABB

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • 33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.

BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma

QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade.

RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Level 3, with at least 660 GLH (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) at Distinction grade and 420 GLH at Merit grade.

Graduate

A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school. 


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Program content

Stage 1

Students choose six modules from a range of introductory modules including the following:

  • Introductory Logic
  • Perspectives on Politics
  • Philosophy and Human Nature
  • Philosophy and the Good Life

Stage 2

Students choose six modules that explore the wide range of major debates and inquiry in Philosophy, exploring questions that range from how to understand the mind, to how ‘reality’ might be understood, to key political theories about how we live as a society.

Examples include:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Knowledge and Reality
  • Mind and Language
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Moral Theories
  • Philosophy of Science

Stage 3

In the final year, students focus on particular areas of specialisation that build on their studies in years 1 and 2. Students will write a dissertation (double-weighted) and choose four modules.

Examples of options include:

  • Applied Ethics
  • Contemporary Critical Theory
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophy for Children
  • Issues in the Philosophy of Science
  • Topics in Epistemology
  • Dissertation

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £17,400
  • International - £17,400

About this institute

Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...


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Contact info

Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

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