About the course

BA (Hons) Philosophy with French, German or Spanish - UCAS Code: V5R9

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Mandarin or Japanese - UCAS Code: V5T9

Philosophy explores and challenges the assumptions that frame the way we think, act and see the world around us. In learning a language, new cultures and different perspectives become accessible to you. 

In your first year, you’ll start to learn your chosen language at a level determined by your previous experience of that language, and you’ll start to learn about aspects of the culture and lifestyle of the people of those countries in which that language is spoken. You can further your understanding of other countries’ cultures and customs by studying one of five languages – French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish.  Having a language in your degree title gives you an immediate international edge, whilst also making you a more confident, capable and culturally aware graduate.

In your philosophy modules, you will be introduced to a variety of philosophical issues ranging from the nature of reality, knowledge and mind, to questions about how we should live, what we should value, and what would be the best way of organizing society. There is a module which explore philosophically interesting aspects of film and literature, as well as a module examining reasoning and persuasion and how that might be inflected by the language in which it is conveyed.

All our philosophy lecturers are active researchers, so you’ll share the excitement of doing original work in a supportive and highly-rated academic community. Our Philosophy team is in the top 15 in the Guardian League Table 2019 and rates as one of the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide in the 2017 QS rankings. 

Our languages team are consistently rated by students as being outstanding teachers. 

In your second year, whilst continuing to learn your chosen language, you’ll be able to select areas of philosophy on which to focus, such as on influential works of philosophy, ethics, the philosophy of art, the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, knowledge, the philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. There is also a logic module, in which you could learn some languages of logic.

In your final year, as well as having more advanced language skills, you’ll also learn about the aspects of social, economic, cultural or historical perspectives of the countries in which your chosen language is spoken. You will delve deeper into more specialist areas of philosophy, perhaps focusing on the work of Aristotle, Nietzsche or Wittgenstein, or choosing from such areas as the philosophy of language and the philosophy of psychology, or from more social and political topics, such as feminist philosophy. There is also the possibility of embarking on your own piece of philosophical research on a topic of your choosing.

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Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • Transferable skills that employers value
  • An exceptional academic team, conducting internationally renowned research
  • Stimulating, innovative courses that allow you to make rewarding connections between two disciplines
  • The prospect of boosting your employability by learning a language
  • Transferable skills such as using your own initiative, problem solving, communication and cultural awareness that employers value.

Course details

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. “Language learning is not just about improving language skills, it's about opening up minds to new ideas and meeting people from other cultures. It's an experience that boosts adaptability, self-confidence and job prospects.” Androulla Vassiliou, EU commissioner for education & multilingualism.

Recently our philosophy students have studied in France, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Spain and Japan enhancing their learning, building their confidence and gaining a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies.

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Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

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Standard entry requirements

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
Locations
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

2019

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26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
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Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year