Why study at Roehampton
- Learn the skills to excel in logic and critical thinking.
- 99% of students are satisfied with the teaching on the BA Philosophy (The Guardian League Table 2014).
- You will have access to a wide range of lectures, seminars and conferences provided by the Institute of Philosophy.
We cover the central areas of philosophy: ethics, moral and political philosophy; metaphysics, philosophy of mind and epistemology. You will have the opportunity to engage with the works of the most influential philosophers in history, from classical thinkers such as Socrates and Plato through to Kant, Marx and Nietzsche and gain an in-depth understanding of a range of branches of philosophy, including politics, art, sciences, language and religion.
In your first year we provide courses on great philosophers in the western philosophical tradition. We run modules on 'Classical Philosophy', 'Medieval Philosophy' and 'Modern Philosophy'. These modules enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of classic works from great figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume and Kant.
Philosophy is not just about learning theories from great philosophers; it is also about you coming to critically engage with and analyse deep philosophical arguments. In your first year, we run modules on 'Critical Thinking' and 'Logic'. These modules are aimed at training your mind to think more logically, critically and creatively about philosophical problems.
Second and third years
In your second and third years of study the modules are mainly organised thematically. The central problems of philosophy are the main focus of your education and there is much greater emphasis on contemporary theories in philosophy. In the second year there are compulsory modules on Metaphysics & Mind, Moral & Political Philosophy, and Epistemology. In addition we run option modules on Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion, and Indian Philosophy. We are one of the few degree programmes in the UK which offers the option to study Indian Philosophy. This provides our students with an opportunity to consider philosophical problems and theories outside of the mainstream curriculum of western philosophy.
In the third year you can choose to study from a number of options: Dissertation, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Continental Philosophy, Contemporary Political Philosophy, Advanced Philosophy of Religion, Wittgenstein and Marx.
Academic Standards and Achievement
We have high expectations for our students and we educate our philosophy students to a very high standard.
The philosophy degree that we run at Roehampton closely follows the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) national standards for undergraduate study in philosophy. The QAA is a Government agency which specifies what universities should provide in their degree programmes. The QAA National Guidelines for philosophy can be found here.
A central aim of teaching for the BA Philosophy degree at Roehampton is to develop your intellectual powers. Your ability to research and absorb complex ideas and arguments will be developed over the course of the degree. Your ability to think critically and creatively around deep problems will be developed. Your ability to express yourself clearly, logically and convincingly in your writing, and in person, will be developed over the three years of BA Philosophy study at Roehampton.
A good undergraduate education is essential for postgraduate study. Many of our students go on to further study after graduation from Roehampton.
- Grayling, A. ed. (1995) Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject, Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Grayling, A. ed. (1998) Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject 2, Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Moral & Political Philosophy
- Metaphysics & Mind
Typically our graduates use their exceptional intellectual reasoning and analytical skills to gain entry into professions such as politics, civil service, journalism, business, commerce and law.