UCAS code: VL52
Duration: 4 years
School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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 take Introduction to Politics and International Relations; and Political Thinkers. This will cover material on key conceptual ideas in politics, and some of the history of political theory.
You can also choose to take Philosophy of Science 1, which looks at the basic assumptions of science.
You will take two courses in philosophy: Mind, Matter and Language; and Knowledge and Reality. You will also study International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond; and Comparative Politics in a Globalized World. You can also choose to take courses in other subjects with links to Philosophy and Politics.
You will start to specialise. You will choose six 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.
Politics courses may include: Global Justice and Citizenship; Approaches to Politics and International Relations; Foreign Policy; Human Rights; and Statistical Design.
You will choose another four to six 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 politics topics of your choice.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on 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 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:
Key Information Sets (KIS) are part of a government initiative to enhance the information that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.
KIS are available for most undergraduate programmes and are intended to make it easier for you to find information about the programmes you are interested in studying. It is one of many sources of information available that will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.
You can also use this website to find more information on our programmes and the learning environment you will experience at the University of Edinburgh.
Please note that some programmes do not have data available and will not display a KIS.