This course gives you a rigorous training in analytic philosophy. You will gain important skills in clear thinking, argument and communication, and knowledge of some main areas of philosophical thought. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, mainly from those offered by the Department of Philosophy but also with a choice of subsidiary modules from outside the Department, particularly in your first and second years.
The course at Nottingham aims to introduce you to the main arguments and concepts of modern analytic philosophy as well as offering you the opportunity to study modules from a range of specialist areas within philosophy. The optional modules available to students in a given year will change, depending, in part, on the staff members we have available and their research interests.
You also have the opportunity to study abroad for one or two semesters of their course.
You will be introduced to the subject through a series of core modules in central philosophical problems and you will also be able to choose optional modules.
You will choose from a variety of optional modules, which will build on material studied in year one, allowing you to develop and broaden your philosophical skills and knowledge.
There will be free choice from a wide variety of more advanced modules, including the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.
A levels: ABB plus C in maths at GCSE
We do not require any particular A-level subjects to study single honours Philosophy, and we are happy to accept most A-level qualifications. However, we are looking for a combination of A-level subjects that shows you are prepared to embark on degree-level study of Philosophy; this requires the capacity to make sense of often difficult material, think critically about the different arguments and ideas you encounter, and communicate the results of your thinking in written and verbal form. Certain A-levels – those sometimes called ‘academic’ or ‘traditional’ subjects – are better preparation for a Philosophy degree than their vocational counterparts, because they will help you to start developing these skills. Therefore we recommend that no more than one of the following is used in applying for entry to single honours Philosophy:
• Art and Design
• Citizenship Studies
• Communication and Culture
• Communication Studies
• Design and Technology
• Economics and Business
• Home Economics
• Leisure Studies
• Music Technology
• Performance Studies
• Physical Education
• Theatre Studies
• Travel and Tourism
We do accept General Studies for entry to this degree programme. However, while we do not consider it to be a 'vocational’ subject, we think it is less useful as preparation for degree-level study than other A-level subjects.
• Assessment of your application: if you apply to us with General Studies, you must also be studying at least two more 'academic' subjects at A-level, and you must be predicted at least a B in both subjects.
• Satisfying your offer: if we then make you an offer, General Studies can be included as one of your grades, either with one 'academic' and one 'vocational, subject, or with two 'academic' subjects.
Please feel free to contact the department for further advice.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 67 (min 67)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
The core modules in year one are:
Appearance and Reality
Reasoning and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophical Method
Self, Mind and Body
The optional philosophy modules on offer change each year depending on which staff are teaching, but modules taught in recent years include:
Issues in Feminist Philosophy
Reasons for Action
Philosophy of Religion
The optional modules in year two are:
Knowledge and Justification
History of Philosophy
Being, Becoming and Reality
Mind and Consciousness
Freedom and Obligation
There are no core modules in year three, instead, students can choose from a range of specialist modules in Philosophy, with the option of a dissertation. The modules on offer will vary depending on which staff are teaching, but modules on offer in recent years include:
Free Will and Action
Issues of Indeterminism
Naming and Necessity
Narrative, Language, and Mind
Reality, Representation, and Truth
Philosophy of Art
Philosophy of Science
You will graduate with a broad knowledge of a variety of philosophical theories. You will also have developed skills in independent thinking and study, and the ability to communicate your ideas clearly and precisely. You will be able to abstract, analyse, and construct logical arguments, and to recognise the strengths and weaknesses on both sides of a philosophical debate.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Philosophy was £19,250.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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