Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015'16 World University Subject Rankings. Birkbeck's Department of Philosophy is a leading centre for philosophical research in the UK. All of our established members of academic staff are active researchers, and the department's excellence in both teaching and research is consistently reflected in UK and international surveys. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked 15th in the UK, with a research environment judged conducive to producing internationally excellent research. In the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014'2015, Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked among the strongest in the UK, and was highly ranked in philosophy of action, philosophy of art, seventeenth'century philosophy and feminist philosophy. The Department of Philosophy has its own library at 30 Russell Square. The main philosophy collection is held in the Birkbeck Library, which has an extensive range of books and online resources. The Birkbeck Philosophy Society is run by our students and organises frequent social and academic events. The Department of Philosophy is a member of the University of London's Institute of Philosophy. Students in the department therefore belong to a large, intercollegiate community of philosophers, and are welcome at a range of seminars, lectures, talks and conferences. Birkbeck is different: classes are in the evening, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day. Record numbers of students are doing just that and getting a head start on their future careers.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to epistemology and metaphysics; introduction to ethics and political philosophy; introduction to the history of philosophy; introduction to logic. Year 2: Epistemology and metaphysics; ethics or political philosophy; history of philosophy; 1 option from: aesthetics; Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein; Kant; 19th'century German philosophy; philosophy of language; philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of psychology; political philosophy. Year 3: Further epistemology and metaphysics; further history of philosophy; dissertation; 1 option from: aesthetics; Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein; Kant; 19th'century German philosophy; philosophy of language; philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of psychology; political philosophy.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £9,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Part Time Evening
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Mature entry
  • Interview
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 120
  • Course specific

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9% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 83%

Total Coursework: 17%