BA (Hons) in Philosophy

General

Program Description

Overview

How are our minds related to our bodies? Do we really have free will? What can we truly know about the world around us, about other people or about ourselves?

These questions lie at the heart of philosophy – and if you seriously want to search for the answers, this is the course for you. Our Philosophy BA will challenge you to develop a strong set of critical, imaginative and informed reasoning skills. It will also deepen your understanding of the nature of the human mind, language, morality and politics, art, science and logic. We offer breadth and variety – from modules focused on individual philosophers, to others built around specific topics such as metaphysics, moral philosophy and environmental ethics.

You’ll be introduced to key philosophical issues in your first two years, before focusing in on the areas that interest you most. Along the way, you’ll benefit from the expert insights of your lecturers and tutors, whose own cutting-edge research feeds into course content and keeps you on the frontline of academic thinking.

Our Philosophy course has consistently achieved top marks for student satisfaction, and your studies will play out in a supportive, vibrant environment with an extremely active Student Philosophy Society. If you want to investigate the burning questions that shape humanity while gaining vital employability skills, choosing Philosophy at the University of Stirling is the perfect starting point.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Develop transferable skills that are highly valued by a wide range of employers - especially those looking for staff capable of clear, rigorous thinking.

#2 Learn from internationally-respected staff and benefit first-hand from their latest research.

#3 Be part of our Student Philosophy Society’s vibrant programme of events.

Teaching

Teaching in Philosophy modules is mainly through seminars, which are held each week to discuss a set topic - and lectures, which are usually given twice a week. Throughout your studies, you’ll have many opportunities for one-to-one discussions with tutors.

Teaching in Philosophy modules is mainly through seminars, which are held each week to discuss a set topic - and lectures, which are usually given twice a week. Throughout your studies, you’ll have many opportunities for one-to-one discussions with tutors.

Assessment

Assessment in most modules is divided between essays written during the semester, and an examination at the end of the semester. You’ll also write a dissertation on an approved subject of your choice in your final year.

Assessment in most modules is divided between essays written during the semester and an examination at the end of the semester. You’ll also write a dissertation on an approved subject of your choice in your final year.

Study abroad

As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

As a University of Stirling student, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Contact

Dr Simon Hope, Course Director

 +44 (0) 1786 467046

simonjames.hope@stir.ac.uk

Simon Hope, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

+44 (0) 1786 467046
simonjames.hope@stir.ac.uk

Fees - 2021/22

    • Overseas students (non-EU): £ £15,100
    • Scottish students: £ 1,820
    • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
    • EU Students: £15,100*

    *For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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