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
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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