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Philosophy and Sociology (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad) BA (Hons)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    05-OCT-23

  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary

On our four-year BA Philosophy and Sociology (including foundation year), we work with you to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex. Our five-year version of this course enables you to study abroad during your fourth year of study.This course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three or four years of study, depending on whether you choose to study abroad for a year. During your Year Zero, you study three academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module, with additional English language for non-English speakers.You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with our School of Philosophy and Art History.Philosophy analyses broad ideas around human life and the nature of existence. It concerns theories of reality, knowledge, morality, ethics, rights, legality and aesthetics. Sociology examines the different kinds of social tensions, interactions and networks that make up everyday life. It asks why individuals, groups, cultures and peoples are the way they are and how they might be different.You will have the opportunity to study both disciplines and work with two of the UK’s leading departments – our School of Philosophy and Art History, and our Department of Sociology.**You study topics such as:**- Ethics- Philosophy of religion- Culture, identity and subjectivity- Public policy regarding health, the environment, crime and aging- Citizenship, multiculturalism and human rightsOur School of Philosophy and Art History has been ranked in the Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).Our Department of Sociology was rated Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014), and we are ranked 9th in the UK for Sociology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021).

Application deadline

25 January

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University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 55

    38th out of 105 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    116 56%

    35th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    27th

    11
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.70 74%

    42nd

    16
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    106 49%

    81st

    36
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    23rd

    14
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.59 72%

    83rd

    1

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