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Take on the big questions that have mystified humanity since the dawn of consciousness and discover how the greatest minds have tried to answer them on our full-time Philosophy degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad in the US or Canada. Learn to use philosophical methods in your everyday life, and develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking for your future career.
- Join a course that ranked 1st in the UK for satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2018
- Pick up many of the top ten most required skills for 2020*, including complex problem solving and critical thinking
- Expand your skills and career options – study the history of philosophy as well as problems and issues in contemporary philosophy
- Attend events such our Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series, and join our Philosophy society to engage in philosophical discussions and debates
- Study abroad in the US or Canada on our exchange programme, and apply for funding to help cover the cost
- Tailor the course to your interests with our optional modules and your own fully-supervised Major Project
- Learn a foreign language as part of your course on our Anglia Language Programme.
Our BA (Hons) Philosophy degree will introduce you to the biggest puzzles that have fascinated humans for centuries. You’ll consider questions such as ‘who are we?’, ‘what can we know?’ and ‘what should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ – as well as finding out how others have attempted to solve them.
Your studies will provide you with an understanding of the history of the subject, as well as contemporary debates within both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, ensuring you graduate with a broad understanding of the subject, while our optional modules will give you the chance to focus on particular areas of interest, such as Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind or Political Thought.
By studying the ideas and arguments of the major philosophers from the past and the present and engaging in debates with your fellow students, you’ll develop your thinking so it becomes more rigorous, systematic and creative. You’ll also pick up transferable key skills that will be of use throughout your career, including critical analysis, complex problem solving and judgement.
Your studies will be supported by our core team of Philosophy staff, who offer one-to-one personal tutoring and personalised feedback on your assessments (our BA (Hons) Philosophy was voted 2nd in the UK for ‘Satisfied with feedback’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018). You can also join our Philosophy Society, which organises events such as debates, workshops and quizzes.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.
The problem-solving, critical and creative skills you’ll develop on this course will be particularly useful for a range of careers in areas such as teaching, local government, charity administration and management and digital and media roles, but are also transferable to others, including arts-based areas such as heritage and arts administration, project management and PR, and business, including start-ups and online companies.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
A History of Ideas in 8 Objects
Introduction to Philosophy
Rights and Responsibilities
Words and Language
Year one, optional modules
Issues in Contemporary Philosophy: Knowledge, Reality and Value
Year two, core modules
The Rationalists: Early Modern Philosophy
Kant and the Empiricists
Mind and World
Year two, optional modules
Philosophy of Art
Existence and Authenticity
Working with Philosophy
Aspects of Artificial Intelligence
Year three, core modules
Undergraduate Major Project
Varieties of Scepticism
Year three, optional modules
Enlightenment and Modernity: The Philosophical Legacy
Philosophies of Language and the Body
Capitalism, Power and the Discontented
Concepts of Good and Evil
Philosophy Special Subject
Optional modules available all years
Anglia Language Programme
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a variety of methods likely to be used in the workplace, including presentations, research projects, reviews, reports and portfolios, as well as more traditional essays and your final major project.
Where you’ll study
Your department and faculty
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.