UCAS code: VC58
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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You will study Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment; Morality and Value; and Logic 1. These courses introduce you to key topics in the history of philosophy, morality and ethics, and the nature of argument. You will also study Psychology 1A and 1B, which cover core areas and research methodologies in psychology.
You will take two courses: Mind, Matter and Language; and Knowledge and Reality. In psychology, you will take Psychology 2A, and 2B, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. These courses will build on the core knowledge developed from your first year courses, as well as covering more in depth statistical knowledge required for psychology.
You will start to specialise. You must take Research Methods and Statistics 2 and 3. Beyond this, you will choose a selection of courses from a range linked to our areas of expertise.
In philosophy, these include: Philosophy of Time; Free Will and Moral Responsibility; Metaphysics of Mind; Themes in Epistemology; and Ancient Theories of Existence.
In psychology, these include: Individual Differences; Development; Biological and Cognitive Psychology; and Social Psychology.
You will choose several courses from a wide variety available. You will also complete either an independent dissertation or a coursework dissertation via two extended essays on philosophy or psychology topics of your choice.
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The majority of teaching takes place at facilities located within the University's Central Area. You can use all the University libraries and computing facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials. All option courses in Years 3 and 4 are taught through seminars.
You will be assessed by coursework and exams and in your honours years you will also complete an independent dissertation, or a coursework dissertation via two extended essays.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The philosophy courses you study throughout your programme provide you with the analytical and critical-thinking skills that are highly valued in the workplace.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in education, commerce, journalism, finance, law and computing.
Some graduates also choose to continue with their studies and pursue a research or academic career.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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