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Philosophy

Philosophy explores and challenges the assumptions that frame the way we think, act and see the world around us. Here at Hertfordshire, it's not just about understanding theories, it's about creating original new work as part of a team. With our internationally regarded academics, you'll examine everything from logic and reason to vices, virtues and ethics, developing fresh perspectives and powerful critical skills.Philosophy and Religious Studies

The School of Humanities

You will be joining the School of Humanities and will become a part of a creative and vibrant community. The great thing about Humanities is that it’s incredibly flexible, allowing you to build a degree that suits your interests and strengths.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

European Language (French, German or Spanish)

Languages open doors, break barriers and change lives. They’re transformational, highly sought-after by employers and a powerful way to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly multilingual world. Choose your route, immerse yourself in culture, history, politics and the world of business and shape a future full of exciting opportunities, right across the globe.

Why choose this course?

Philosophy

We’re a small, supportive academic community, where every lecturer is an active researcher and every student can share the excitement of doing original work. Our Philosophy team is in the top 15 in the Guardian League Table 2019 and rated as on the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide according to the 2017 QS rankings. 

With us, you’ll assess the arguments of others and arrive at your own conclusions on deep, important issues. Along the way, you’ll gain skills that last a lifetime and are increasingly valuable as your career grows. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad or take a work placement.

Philosophy at UH is a lively intellectual community with regular distinguished visiting speakers and an optional residential weekend. For more information see the Philosophy website.

European Language 

At Hertfordshire, languages aren’t just about skills, they’re about an intellectual experience that makes you a more confident, capable, culturally aware graduate. In fact, just the kind of candidate businesses and organisations all over the world are looking for. Languages are an opportunity to do something completely new, or build on skills you’ve learnt at school.

We offer three european language options, at three ability levels and, whichever language you choose, you’ll add it to your degree title, gaining an immediate international edge. You’ll learn in small, supportive groups and even have the option of studying abroad – an incredibly valuable, unforgettable experience.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what’s important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experiences you can demonstrate.

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Careers

Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields. Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management.  Whatever your future career plans, what’s important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experiences you can demonstrate.

Work Placement

Gain invaluable career experience with a work placement. All Humanities students are able to take a year out from their course and either take a year studying abroad (see 'Study Abroad' below) or take a work placement.

Benefits of work placements for students include:

  • Gaining valuable experience – research shows that over seventy per cent of employers prefer students with work experience.
  • Exploring career possibilities and making potentially valuable contacts - many students actually go on and work for the organisations they did their placement with after graduating.
  • Earning a wage whilst on your placement.

Students can go on a work placement between their second and third year of study at the University. When you return, you'll resume your studies in your final year before graduating. Whilst you're on your study abroad year, you'll have contact with a tutor who will ensure that your placement is running smoothly, and you'll participate in several academic 'back to studying' workshops in the lead up to your final year of study at the University.

Study Abroad

As part of your Humanities degree, you'll have the opportunity to take a year studying abroad as part of your course. We have partnerships with over 160 different institutions across the globe and we have students studying in places as part flung as Hawaii and Japan! Wherever you choose to study, your classes will be in English even if that's not the language widely spoken in the country you're travelling to. We even have special partnerships available for languages students who want to travel to a country where the language they are learning is predominantly spoken.

One of the most exciting aspects of your study abroad year is that we freeze your tuition fees whilst you're abroad meaning that you wouldn't pay us or your partner institution any tuition fees for this year! Most students will travel after completing their second year of study at the University of Hertfordshire and resume their final year of study with us a year later.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Philosophy - 30 Credits
  • Reason and Persuasion - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Film and Literature - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Themes in Plato's Republic - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Mind - 15 Credits
  • Knowledge and Discovery - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Art - 15 Credits
  • Social and Political Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • Metaphysics - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 5b - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • German Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • French Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 5a - 15 Credits
  • Logic and Philosophy - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Philosophy Project - 30 Credits
  • Contemporary Moral Philosophy P - 15 Credits
  • Aristotle P - 15 Credits
  • Nietzsche, Genealogy and Morality - 15 Credits
  • French Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • French Project - 30 Credits
  • German Mini Project - 15 Credits
  • German Project - 30 Credits
  • Philosophy of Language - 15 Credits
  • Wittgenstein's Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • French Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • French Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • German Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route A - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6a - 15 Credits
  • Italian Route B - 6b - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Political Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • Feminist Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • Spanish Route C 6a Post Year Abroad - 15 Credits

Optional

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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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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...

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

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)