Philosophy and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Philosophy and Psychology.

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

UCAS code: CV85

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Course Overview

For the Philosophy element of the course, you will explore 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. 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. For the Psychology element of the course, you will be taught by staff who are actively engaged in research with specialisms in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, biological psychology health and wellbeing and a range of applied areas. The emphasis of the course is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgments about matters of global significance, such as climate change.

What will this mean for my future?

At Keele we aim to produce psychology graduates who are ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference. 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. Studying Psychology at Keele is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for a career in psychology. You could take up any number of very interesting careers in psychology, perhaps working as a neuropsychologist or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. Whatever path you choose in your working life, the Keele Psychology degree aims to develop a psychological perspective on human behaviour which is valued in a huge range of careers.

Many of our graduates choose to pursue exciting careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • How to Think
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Design for Psychology
  • Continental Philosophy

Second Year

  • The Pursuit of the Good
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics I
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Survey and Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception and Cognition
  • Cognitive and Biological Research Methods

Third Year

  • Dissertation (Philosophy)
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Final Year Project (Psychology)
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual Issues in Psychology