BA World Philosophies and…

Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants should preferably have studied Philosophy at A-Level.

Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications are usually invited

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This degree will suit high-performing students with a global outlook, an interest in diverse philosophical traditions and cultural parameters of non-Western societies, coupled with an aptitude in intellectual history and critical thought. Individuals with inter-cultural competency—the ability to exchange values and concepts, to value and communicate different modes of understanding in the marketplace of ideas—are in huge demand in the job market.


May be combined with

  • African Studies
  • Arabic+
  • Burmese++
  • Chinese+
  • Development Studies
  • English
  • Economics
  • Georgian
  • Hebrew+
  • History
  • History of Art and Archaeology
  • Indonesian++
  • International Relations
  • Japanese+
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean+
  • Law
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Persian
  • Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • South Asian Studies++ (3 years)
  • South Asian Studies++ (4 years)
  • South East Asian Studies
  • Swahili+
  • Thai++
  • Tibetan++ (3 Year)
  • Tibetan++ (4 Year)
  • Turkish+
  • Vietnamese++

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad

++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad

* Taught at King's College, London


The structure of the BA World Philosophies and… introduces students to core philosophical themes, concepts, problems and approaches drawn from European, Anglophone, and non-European philosophical traditions with an accompanying flexibility built in to enable regional or thematic specialism or language capability. Taken as a joint honours degree, it enables students to combine study of the core and compulsory components of World Philosophies with a number of other subject areas offered in the School.

Courses to the equivalent of 2 units must be taken in each year. In year 1 and 2, courses to the equivalent of 1 full unit are compulsory, with students choosing courses for the remaining unit from a list of defined options. In year 3, both units are compulsory.

The first year of the programme provides an essential foundation in World Philosophies, and introduces core topics in Philosophy, with additional options available that enable focus on discrete traditions, a language, or thematic components.

The second year builds on the foundations established in the first year, enabling students to grapple with questions of interpretation, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and dialogue between and within philosophical traditions. Core components of philosophical methods and concepts are also taught and students are encouraged to develop a regional or thematic specialism, choosing from a wide range of options that address philosophical themes or offer training in specific philosophical traditions. Language training is also encouraged.

The third and final year is characterised by a focus on epistemology and critique, independent research, and the consolidation of a chosen regional or thematic specialism. All students undertake a supervised Independent Study Project which is intended to consolidate and extend a student’s philosophical tradition-based understanding and knowledge applied to prominent themes or debates in the field of World Philosophies.

Programme Overview

Year one:

  • Introduction to World Philosophies - 158000197 (compulsory/core, 1 unit)
  • Up to 1 unit from Compulsory Options (see List I – students must complete at least 1 unit/two courses from this list in the course of their degree)
  • Up to 1 unit from Traditions of Philosophy (optional, see List II – students may select up to 1 unit from this list in the course of their degree)

Year two:

  • Anglo-European Philosophies and Critical Dialogue: Hermeneutics and Beyond -158000135 (compulsory, 1 unit)
  • Up to 1 unit from Compulsory Options (see List I, students must complete at least 1 unit/two courses from this list in the course of their degree)
  • Up to 1 unit from Traditions of Philosophy (optional, see List II – students may select up to 1 unit from this list in the course of their degree)

Year three:

  • ‘The Margins of Philosophy’: Postcolonial, Gender and Queer Epistemologies -158000116 (compulsory, 1 unit)
  • Independent Study Project in World Philosophies - 158000194 (compulsory, 1 unit)

List I: Compulsory Options

  • Comparative Ethics 158000199 (15credits) Term 2
  • Introduction to Logic, Critical Reasoning and Argumentation 158000193 (15credits) Term 1
  • Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 (15credits) Term 2
  • Philosophies of Language 158000196 (15credits) Term 1

List II: Traditions of Philosophy

  • African Philosophy 155901397 (15credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies 155901398 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Philosophy 158000195 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Death and the Meaning of Life 158000172 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jewish Identity 15800O168 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Modern Indian Philosophy 158000192 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Jewish Thought 158000178 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Philosophies of the Vedic Traditions: Mimamsa, Vedanta and Vyakarana 158000098 (15credits) Term 2
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 (15credits) Term 1
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