French and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 4 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

A degree in French and Philosophy enables you to develop your understanding of French language, culture, and society, while learning about philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers for centuries.

On this course you can either take an equal number of modules from each subject or you can decide to study more modules in French or in Philosophy.

The course focuses on developing your oral and written fluency in French to a high standard. You'll also study French society and culture from the medieval period to the present day. Options include film studies, bande dessinée, social exclusion, modern French thought, and the visual arts. You will supplement core modules in language and culture with choices from a wide range of optional subjects to complete your programme of study. You'll spend your third year abroad, as a language assistant in a school, studying at a university, or on a work placement. Find out more about the French side of the course, including French modules, on the French Studies website.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their fields.  You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy such as ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also have modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes,  Kant, and Hegel.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on French and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2018 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2018 prospectus.

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Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*

We can also accept other qualifications:Other entry requirements for French and Philosophy BA 

Other requirements:

*If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)

English language requirements

 International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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