Philosophy (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Philosophy and Ethics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Course Overview

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. 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.

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Philosophy:

First year

Core modules:

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

Elective modules:

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Justice, Authority and Power
  • Environmental Ethics

Second year

Core modules:

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

Elective modules:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Work Experience
  • Freedom and Equality

Third year

Core modules:

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

Elective Modules:

  • Metaphysics
  • Great Philosophers of the 20th Century
  • Dissertation



Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

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.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Philosophy with Foundation Year: V5V0 View Unistats for this course

Popular Combinations

Philosophy and Politics 
There is considerable conceptual overlap between philosophy and politics, and shared concern in a wide range of contemporary issues, such as environmental matters, genetic engineering, and relationships with the Third World. Both disciplines are interested in issues about government, social structures, power, justice, and the relationship between the individual and the state. The clarity and precision in analysis provided by a training in philosophy complements the wide-ranging scope of political concerns, many of which have profound ethical implications of the kind dealt with in moral philosophy.

Philosophy and English 
Philosophy and English interact and complement each other in many ways. Many literary texts, from Thomas More’s Utopia in the 16th century, to 20th-century and 21st-century science fiction, raise deep philosophical issues. Both subjects require students to develop an alert awareness of the use of language, and indeed encourage complementary skills and sensitivities in language use and interpretation.

Philosophy and International Relations
Questions of international relations often conceptually overlap with questions of political and moral philosophy, and there is a shared concern between the two disciplines with a wide range of contemporary issues, such as climate change, genetic engineering and global inequality. Both are interested in issues about government, social structures, power, justice and the relationship between the individual and the state. The clarity and precision in analysis provided by training in philosophy complements the wide-ranging scope of international relations concerns, many of which have profound ethical implications of the kind dealt with in moral philosophy.

Other classic combinations:

  • Philosophy and Psychology
  • Philosophy and Maths

… but philosophy is such a wide-ranging and general discipline that it fits well with almost anything else!

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Study abroad

On the Philosophy programme you have the potential opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.  

Christina Sutcliffe

Christina Sutcliffe

"I began unsure but left confident. A big thank-you to the philosophy department of Keele!"

BA (Hons) Philosophy and English (2015)

Nick Venables

Nick Venables

"The first semester was a learning curve but with the help and support of the academics of the department it wasn’t long before I was up to speed."

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics (2014)

Matthew Panchal

Matthew Panchal

"The lecturers at Keele are an incredible group of people who all clearly take great delight in both teaching and continuing to research their chosen fields."

BSc (Hons) Maths and Philosophy (2014)

Aaran Burns

Aaran Burns

"What I found best about Philosophy was that it raised possibilities that I had never even thought about and forced me to seriously consider whether they are true. It’s an eye opener."

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Psychology (2014)

Elena Nethercott

Elena Nethercott

"As a recent graduate from Keele studying Mathematics and Philosophy I can say that studying Philosophy here has been one of my most enjoyable experiences."

BA (Hons) Maths and Philosophy (2014)

Amy Zile

Amy Zile

"Studying philosophy at Keele has given me a great overview of philosophy, the changes in philosophical thoughts & arguments, and definitely given me a deeper understanding of life in general!"

BSc (Hons) Philosophy and Psychology (2014)

Orkun Özocak

Orkun Özocak

"Studying Philosophy at Keele University was one of the most rewarding intellectual experiences of my life."

BSc Psychology and Philosophy (2010)

Amara Lister

Amara Lister

"Philosophy at Keele not only introduced me to new ideas, but gave me the analytical and conceptual tools to analyze and build upon anything I may come across in the future."

BA (Hons) Philosophy (2009)