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About the course

Taught at Hull since the University’s foundation, Philosophy has consistently been rated as one of the UK's best for satisfaction with teaching in the National Student Survey. With strong international links, you can opt to spend some or all of your second year at universities in the USA or Spain or other EU countries. We often arrange teaching exchanges and welcome overseas philosophers as visiting scholars conducting research.

There are two course options available for studying Philosophy BA at Hull. Philosophy with a foundation year is ideal if you need to enhance your academic knowledge and language skills before progressing to the three-year degree.

On the full course, we aim not just to teach you philosophy as a body of knowledge, but to engage you in philosophy and to encourage you to evaluate the ideas of others and form your own understandings. Studying philosophy helps you distinguish the differences between contrasting views and find common ground. Throughout your three years, you will be able to express your views on philosophical questions, develop critical debating skills and present ideas convincingly through well-constructed, systematic arguments.


Foundation Year

The foundation year is designed to address the specific learning competencies that you will need at degree level, such as independent study techniques, communication and language skills, and information technology capabilities – in addition to a general introduction to study in the social sciences and in philosophy in particular.

Foundation English Year

These distinctive courses combine study in a key academic discipline with a foundation year of English language tuition and cultural orientation. The aim of the foundation year is to prepare international students for university­-level study in a British environment. To achieve this, students are given tuition in English language and academic study skills as well as British cultural understanding initial subject provision in their chosen area, along with an introduction to the modes of learning and teaching in their destination department.

This degree is taught within a modular framework, which gives you great flexibility of choice. All modules are assigned a credit value, with a total of 360 credits of study. In each year, students usually split the 120 credits between the two semesters. One year of study leads to a certificate (120 credits), or a diploma after two years (240 credits) if you decide not to go any further.

Year 1

There are five core modules for the first year of study: Introduction to Philosophy 1 (focusing on Moral Philosophy), Introduction to Philosophy 2 (focusing on Epistemology, Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind), History of Western Thought (from Ancient Greek to 19th Century Philosophy), Reason and Argument (a module on reasoning skills and informal logic), Philosophical Texts (an introduction to some classical texts in philosophy).

Year 2

In the second year there are three core modules: 20th Century Philosophy • Ways of Knowing • Moral Philosophy.

Year 3

There are no core modules in the third year, when you will have a variety of modules to choose from. Depending on your progress, you may have the choice of undertaking research for a dissertation in a philosophical area of your choice.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

Foundation English year entry requirements:

  • Tariff points: 280 points (includes all qualifications in the UCAS tariff with a minimum requirement of 200 points from 2 or more A levels or equivalent)
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

You need to be able to demonstrate proficiency in English with an IELTS score of 5.0-5.5 (or equivalent).

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Our recent graduates have gone on to have successful careers in finance, business, print and broadcast journalism, law, politics, non-governmental organisations and charities, finance, public relations, and education, as well as the Civil Service. Others have chosen to continue their studies as postgraduates – so you may be interested in the outlines of what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.

Studying Philosophy at Hull will give you the key skills employers look for, including: creative problem solving, analytical thinking and critical debating skills to name just a few. These skills are transferable across a variety of professions.

The University of Hull also offers comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre within the union building. The centre focuses on helping students achieve their employment goals and offers competitive internships, mock interviews with fully trained advisers and CV workshops and advice. The Careers Advice Centre is open to all students and all services remain open to graduates whenever they are required.