Philosophy

Undergraduate degree 

Philosophy

Roehampton adopts a contemporary and distinctive approach to this traditional discipline, believing that philosophy is at its best when it tries to solve real problems in the real world.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)

Entry Tariff:

September 2022 entry: 96–112 points

 

UCAS Code:

V500

Entry tariff:

96-112 points

Undergraduate on-campus open day

Saturday 13 November 2021

Course and Module Details

Overview:

Philosophers study some of the fundamental questions raised by human existence. What can we know? How should we live? What is the nature of reality? How should society be organised? Our students are introduced to major philosophical traditions and thinkers that have posed these questions, while developing the skills and confidence necessary to answer them for themselves.

What makes philosophy at Roehampton so distinctive is our commitment to practical philosophy. We believe philosophy is at its best when it tries to solve real problems in the world around us. Our unique BA degree brings these practical challenges to the fore, encouraging students to explore, for example, the ethics of the environment and animal rights; the place of religion and spirituality in the modern world; problems of economic inequality and unjust laws and the nature of gender, race, and class. You will be taught by world-leading experts in these topics, who can draw on their own cutting-edge research in the classroom.

Alongside traditional philosophical skills of critical thinking, analytic argument, and clear communication, you will also develop the ability to analyse multiple forms of media, to write and present material for a public audience, and to read and analyse policy documents. Combined with multiple opportunities for work placements, our degree programme will provide you with the analytic and practical skills to undertake a wide range of careers or pursue future study.

At Roehampton, we foster a supportive and engaged learning environment, built on strong staff-student relationships which will enable you to thrive, whatever your background. You will learn through engaging and interactive lectures, small group seminars, and one-on-one tutorials and guidance meetings.

You will leave the course a highly-employable individual, with the skills to move into many areas of professional working life, including law, the civil service, politics, business or teaching.  

Schedule by year of study

Year one 

• Gain a foundation in the central concepts and arguments of Western philosophy, through the study of both historical and contemporary thinkers.
• Be introduced to key ideas within non-Western traditions of thought, including global perspectives on what it is to be human.
• Develop the analytical techniques to be able to assess philosophical arguments for yourself, and apply these critical abilities to philosophy, literature, and film.

Year two 

• Further your philosophical development by critically engaging with key texts from within contemporary and historical philosophy.
• Tailor your degree to your own interests, by choosing from a range of topics in ethical, political, religious, and historical philosophy.
• Develop the ability to apply philosophical analysis to real-world situations, through seminar work, assessments, and work-placement modules.

Year three 

• Take cutting-edge research-led modules, in which lecturers will introduce you to the latest ideas in ethical, political, social, and historical philosophy.
• Work with a dedicated supervisor to develop a third-year dissertation or practical project in an area of philosophy completely of your choosing.
• Be supported in developing the knowledge and confidence to apply your skills to the job market, or to pursue further study in philosophy and related disciplines.

Student Testimonies

John Blanding, recent graduate BA Philosophy:
"For me, the course returned tenfold on all my expectations. All the lecturers have been excellent and encouraged communication and good relationships with their students. They have empowered and encouraged me to help my fellow students, represent the course during open days and get involved in the Philosophy Society etc. Studying at Roehampton has made me want to continue my studies and has left me with enduring friendships and memories. I have gained various academic skills from critical and imaginative thinking to presentational skills."

Daniel Bremner, recent graduate, now a Roehampton master's student: 
"The small class sizes allow you to build close relationships with your lecturers and peers. The faculty is constantly looking for ways to improve the course and student feedback is always noted, giving you a voice in how you are taught. Lecturers are always available to contact, whether it be via email or drop-in session at their office, you always have access to support. The structure of the course is excellent; the modules offered in first year provide you with a strong foundation to better understand complex philosophical ideas throughout the subsequent years."

 

Here are examples of the varied range of modules we offer:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Classical Philosophy
Philosophy, Film and Literature
Ethical Theory
The Study of Religion
Early Modern Thought
Being Human: Global Religious Perspectives

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Self and World
Key Texts in Focus

Optional Modules
Aesthetics
Philosophy of Religion
Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement
Literature, Ethics and the Environment
Freedom, Power and Politics
Practical Ethics

Year 3

Compulsory Module
Final Year Project

Optional Modules
Love, Sex, Death and God
Philosophy of Law
Continental Philosophy
Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics
Political Philosophy
Gender, Race and Class: Philosophical Issues

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £14,009 £925

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

Career Options

Our graduates use their exceptional reasoning and analytical skills to go into professions such as politics, the civil service, journalism, business, commerce and law. Many of our philosophy graduates also go onto master’s degrees and PhD study. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in January or February 2022

To start a degree with us in January or  February, complete our direct application form. See our list of January courses.

How to join us in September 2022

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

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It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

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You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

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There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

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Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

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If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

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If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

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Conditional Offers

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If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

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If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

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We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

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If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

 

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