About this program
Our BA Philosophy will feed your intellectual curiosity and challenge your thinking. You’ll acquire the skills required to dig deeper into ideas and question received wisdom. You’ll rigorously examine the most fundamental questions about human life: Does God exist? Is material success all that counts in life? What do I owe to others? How free am I to decide my own future?
At Essex, we take philosophy back to its roots in everyday existential, social, and political problems. We embrace the relevance of philosophy to other forms of enquiry - political, cultural, legal, medical, aesthetic – and bring this to bear on urgent issues in public life, such as the controversial issues raised by mental health legislation or public policy regarding end of life care.
We cover a wide range of topics from the meaning of life to capitalism and its critics, from ancient philosophy to current trends in European thought; and we have particular strengths in the areas of:
- Political philosophy
- Philosophy of religion
- European philosophy (including critical theory, phenomenology, and existentialism)
We are involved in many exciting and interdisciplinary research projects, and have active links with other areas including Political Science, Law, Sociology, Psychoanalysis, and Art History.
UK entry requirements
IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
International & EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.
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- Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture
- Death, God and the Meaning of Life
- Critical Reasoning and Logical Argument
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Skills for University Studies
- Knowledge and Reality
- Modern Social and Political Thought (optional)
- Narrativity, Truth and Flourishing (optional)
- Philosophy and Religion (optional)
- Ancient Philosophy (optional)
- Texts in Practical Philosophy (optional)
- Reading texts from the history of philosophy (optional)
- Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step (optional)
- Philosophy Capstone Module
- Contemporary Political Philosophy (optional)
- Topics in the Philosophy of Religion (optional)
- Nietzsche (optional)
- Feminism (optional)
- Art and Ideas III (optional)
- Kant's Revolution in Philosophy (optional)
BA Philosophy: 3 years
BA Philosophy (Including Year Abroad): 4 years
BA Philosophy (Including Placement Year): 4 years
- Teaching typically takes the form of lectures and seminar sessions
- Seminars allow your lecturer to explain new arguments and ideas in more detail, while giving you sufficient time for questions, collective discussion and active engagement with the material
- We believe that discussion is the lifeblood of philosophy, and we try to keep our classes as small as we can for this purpose
- In the second and final-year of your degree, we add an additional contact hour to each module
- In the Summer term of the second and final-year of your degree we offer additional modules which cover additional topics and develop your research skills
Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21
- Home/UK fee: £9,250
- International fee: £16,850
A degree in Philosophy at Essex provides you with:
- The ability to analyse and solve difficult problems
- The ability to think clearly, creatively, and self-critically
- The ability to work in a team, taking a collaborative approach to problems
Philosophy graduates are therefore well-suited to a wide range of occupations, including law, PR, journalism and the media, the Civil Service, charity work, banking, and the NHS.
About this institute
University of Essex
We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in...
University of Essex
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