What am I? Am I a material object in the world (this body, perhaps) - or am I in fact not a material object at all? I think of myself as an agent - as one who is capable of actively and intentionally intervening in the course of events. But can I really be confident that I am an agent, and not a mere prisoner of forces over which I have no control? I also think of myself as possessing knowledge. But what is knowledge, and what can I really know - about the world around me, about others, and about myself? I think of myself as knowing about right and wrong. But how can I be confident that I know what is right and wrong, what is just and unjust, and what it would take to live a morally good life?
You have just been posed some typical philosophical questions. Questions such as these will appeal to anyone who is interested in thinking seriously and carefully about the fundamental issues of existence. If you want to search for answers to these and similar questions, then this is the degree for you.
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Access coursesAccess courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Students take Philosophy plus two other subjects in Year 1.
You are required to take:
You then take optional modules, which currently include:
In Year 4 there are opportunities for directed independent study, including dissertation projects and supervised independent study of a particular topic, theme or book.
Teaching in Philosophy modules is mainly by seminars, which are held each week to discuss a set topic, and lectures, which are usually given twice a week. Assessment in most modules is divided between essays written during the semester and an examination at the end of the semester. There are many opportunities for one-to-one discussions with tutors.
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(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Philosophy was ranked 2nd in Scotland and sixth equal in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Teaching provision in Philosophy has been assessed, and rated highly, by the Scottish Funding Council.
Philosophy also ranked 100% in the 2014 National Student Survey(joint top in the UK).
If you enrol for Philosophy courses at Stirling you will be taught by academics in a department which is highly rated in research terms and strongly committed to making philosophical ideas accessible. We are especially noted for our strengths in metaphysics, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and action, philosophy of language, and the theory of knowledge.
You are eligible to participate in the University’s US Exchange Programme and in an exchange with the University of Copenhagen.
Philosophy is a highly regarded subject developing useful transferable skills and opening up a wide range of career paths. Equipped with an Honours degree in Philosophy a graduate can bring to subsequent employment a sharp and analytical mind that can be applied directly to the job itself, or to any further specialist training required. Stirling Philosophy students in recent years have gone on to careers in the civil service, business, law, the social services, environmental management and the media.
In gaining this understanding, Philosophy students develop a wide range of abilities that are highly valued by employers, especially by those looking for staff capable of clear, rigorous thinking. These abilities include:
Each of the abilities listed above involves a capacity to think creatively, self-critically and independently. These intellectual skills are integral to the study of philosophy. In addition, Philosophy is taught in an environment in which you will:
Workshops focused on careers for Philosophy students are run by the Student Philosophy Society and discipline-specific advice and events are organised by the Career Development Service. In addition, a biennial student conference, often held in the Highlands, allows students to present their work in a semi-formal ‘presentation’ setting in front of their peers.
Philosophy graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations:
To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your Philosophy degree, graduates entering into employment in the past two years are currently working as:
Building on that foundation, alumni of Stirling’s Philosophy degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:
Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former Philosophy students have advanced in their careers:
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|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,275.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information