Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Keele has been one of the most renowned centres for the study of philosophy in England since WWII. Today, Philosophy at Keele is a research-led course with particular strengths in metaphilosophy and metaphysics.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: V501

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Course Overview

The programme explores central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed. You’ll learn about past and present approaches to philosophy, especially where associated with particular movements and methodologies. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses.

Keele has a thriving student led Philosophy Society, and the programme engages widely with other universities, especially through its Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. This course provides a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems, which is why philosophy has one of the best records for graduate employment among non-vocational degrees. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring multiple approaches to problem solving, both of which are highly prized by employers.

You could pursue a huge range of careers, or continue to further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts, or information management, for example.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • How to Think
  • Moral Philosophy

Second Year

  • Pursuit of the Good
  • Philosophy of the Mind
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics I
  • Philosophy of Science

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature
  • Philosophy of Language

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

30

60

60

30

30

2

30

60

75

15

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

10 Problems of Philosophy

15

Ancient Philosophy

15

How to Think

15

Moral Philosophy

15

   

Continental Philosophy

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Pursuit of the Good

15

Philosophy of Religion

15

Epistemology and Metaphysics I

15

Philosophy of Mind

15

   

Philosophy of Science

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

In addition to the optional and elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules that are offered as part of other programmes in SPIRE and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects related to Philosophy such as Psychology and Sociology;
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics, International Relations, or the Environment;
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes;
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic;
  • Freestanding modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme, employability skills and personal development.

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az