St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Philosophy at St Mary's starts at the beginning and helps students to see how philosophy emerged as a distinct undertaking. Students are encouraged to think and debate, and to engage with their classmates and lecturers throughout their degree. Topics covered include dialogue, psychology, science, art, popular culture, and more. Philosophy graduates have gone on to work as accountants, in the civil service, in advertising, in information technology, in teaching, in marketing, in law, and in human resources management. The Psychology Degree at St Mary's provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved). St Mary's also provide non'accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree. The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality.

Course Modules

Philosophy Level 1: This is an introductory year, in which students acquire a solid understanding of core issues and thinkers in philosophy, as well as the necessary skills to study philosophy at a higher level; modules include: reason, argument, evidence; key texts of antiquity; revolutions in thought: 1500'1800; moral philosophy. Level 2 and 3: The content of the degree will be increasingly decided by students interests and their future professional needs; modules include: socratic dialogue/philosophy and communication; in year three single honours students as well as students majoring in philosophy write a dissertation; modules include: bioethics; environmental philosophy; modern political thought; moral philosophy: key thinkers;philosophy and literature; philosophy and gender; metaphysics; Eastern philosophies; medieval classics; modern and contemporary philosophy; philosophy of history; philosophy reading module; workplace experience; mind, soul and psychology; Buddhism; issues in religion and science; issues of identity; philosophy of health; epistemology; Wittgenstein; Aesthetics. Psychology Level 1: the focus of level 1 is on understanding how a contemporary psychologist, as opposed to the psychologist portrayed in the media, thinks about and investigates central questions of interest; students begin to develop an understanding of the different perspectives followed in psychology, and how these guide our investigations and explanations of human behaviour and mental processes. Modules include: introduction to psychology; abnormal psychology; issues in psychology; research methods and statistics I. Level 2: The theme for level 2 is 'evaluating psychology'; students build on the skills and knowledge they developed during level 1; the modules taken will include: research methods and statistics II; practical psychology laboratory; memory; social psychology; child development; health psychology; psychology of education; contemporary issues; psychology of ageing; work experience. Level 3: The theme of level 3 is 'limitations of psychology'; students are now considering the perspectives and themes that have been introduced at an advanced level, and in considerable depth; students are beginning to question the limits of our knowledge and understanding, and show an appreciation for the temporary nature of scientific knowledge; students are advancing their understanding of the relationship between empirical evidence and theory; in particular, how empirical evidence supports and constrains theories, and how theories guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data; modules include: independent study (determined by the route and pathway followed, but students take one of the following in psychology: empirical project, psychological review or work experience); directed study (compulsory for equalling students); eyewitness testimony; applied child psychology; political psychology; human relationships; neuropsychology of emotion; consciousness; individual differences; psychobiology; thinking and language; perception and attention; positive psychology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA/BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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£4,410 - £5,783
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