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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-23

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Philosophy is the careful, critical, and reasoned engagement with a wide range of fundamental questions about human existence; about art, politics, justice, right and wrong, truth and knowledge, faith and reason.Here at Lancaster we approach these questions not only through the history of Western philosophy, examining figures such as Plato, Kant, Descartes and Nietzsche, but also through non-Western approaches to philosophy, and contemporary philosophical discussion of a wide range of topics.Lancaster is distinctive in two respects:- a large proportion of our experts specialise in applied philosophy and contribute to discussions about public policy and the law, both nationally and internationally.- a number of experts specialise in non-Western philosophy, including Indian and Islamic philosophical traditions.These two distinctions make Lancaster uniquely placed to provide a wide-ranging programme that is balanced and rounded, drawing on philosophies from around the world. We have a particular focus on how philosophy can be used in daily life, from government to education, international relations to well-being. Our lecturers are passionate about their specialisms and bring their latest research into their teaching.The degree covers many topics and approaches. As you advance into years two and three, you increasingly have the opportunity to tailor the degree to your own interests by choosing from a wide range of modules.In your first year you will take three modules. The cornerstone is the core module Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality, which draws on a broad range of philosophical traditions and covers several areas of philosophy including metaphysics and epistemology. It will also develop your ability to reason and think clearly about the most fundamental questions of human existence. We’ll study both European and non-European sources.In the first year we also strongly recommend that you take the complementary module Moral and Political Philosophy. This will develop your ability to reason and think clearly about questions of how we ought to act and organise our lives together. You will also be able to choose a third module from a range of subjects that complement your studies.In the second year and third years you can choose from a broad range of options. These are just some of the many modules we offer:- Indian Philosophical and religious Thought- Metaphysics- Understanding Liberty: Theory and Practice- Mind-Body Problem- Moral Philosophy- Nineteenth Century Philosophy- Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics- Philosophy of Science- Values and Objectivity- Exploring Politics, Religion and Values- Aesthetics- Darwinism and Philosophy- Feminist Philosophy- Future Generations- The Imagination- PPR in India – includes three weeks at Manipal University in IndiaThe options available in any given year vary depending on our latest research, student feedback and topical concerns. You will find further information about modules in the Course Structure section.In your final year, you have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation of a specific subject that interests you. This is the dissertation option, where you define a question with a member of academic staff, who will discuss the topic with you and advise you in your own research.

Application deadline

25 January

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University information

Lancaster University

  • University League Table

    11th

  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Lancaster’s community is made up of people from over 100 countries giving students opportunities to make lifelong connections that cross borders and cultures.
The university has dedicated support available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    28th out of 55 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    143 68%

    23rd

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%

    36th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%

    28th

    3

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