201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Philosophy - University of Reading

This philosophy degree examines our most fundamental beliefs about truth and reality and challenges society's views on how we should live. It will equip you with the ability to think logically, to evaluate arguments critically, and to challenge your own ideas and those of other people. We will give you an understanding of the central philosophical principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures, and you will learn how to make a good case for your views on questions about truth, reality, right and wrong. You will be taught by leading experts whose research strengths lie especially in moral philosophy and the philosophy of the mind and language. You will also have the chance to study non-Western philosophies, especially Indian philosophy. Philosophy is a flexible degree allowing you to shape your studies to your interests. You take six modules in your first year and only one is compulsory: "Reason and argument" will introduce you to the general skills required for all philosophy. You can also select modules from outside the department. In years two and three you will have the opportunity to explore your chosen topics in more depth, with modules such as "Ethics and animals", "Philosophy of crime and punishment" and "Philosophy of religion". We teach you the skills you need step-by-step, so that you are prepared for modules in specialised areas of philosophy, taught by expert academics, and featuring strong input from their research. Our small class sizes ensure that students receive dedicated individual attention and, in 2018, we achieved an 87% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey. You will be taught in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with teaching staff and fellow students. You will be encouraged to undertake work placements to put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice as well as allowing you to gain valuable real-world experience, and there is the opportunity to study abroad in your second or third year. You can undertake a placement at any point in your degree and work in a company or charity relevant to your final year studies. For example, a previous student worked at a zoo to learn more about the ethical treatment of animals. Partner institutions include universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan or Australia. **Careers** Throughout our degrees, students complete career- and skills-related modules, encouraging them to think about what careers they would like and what skills they will need. Philosophy will give you a range of transferable skills. In particular, skills in clear thinking, logical analysis and the critical assessment of argument are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers such as law, politics, management and marketing. Recent graduates have found employment in the Civil Service, journalism, consultancy, finance, local and central government, and recent employers have included the Ministry of Defence, Cambridge University Press, local authorities and other universities. Around one in four of our students continue their studies, including conversion courses and teacher training.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475