Philosophy and Modern Languages & Cultures BA

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

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Philosophy and Modern Languages & Cultures is an exciting degree that allows you to develop an understanding of philosophy alongside acquiring one or two languages and studying the cultures of modern Europe. You will gain skills in clear thinking, use of the imagination, and precise and persuasive expression. You will also develop your communication skills in your chosen language(s) to a high level, and gain insight into how philosophical thought has shaped the cultures you choose to study.

Both sides of the degree are highly flexible.

You have the option of studying either one or two of the 10 different languages we have on offer: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

In your first year, you can take any language from beginner’s level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A level (or equivalent). We have recommended pathways through the languages and culture modules that enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we support you to make the choices that are best for you. You’ll spend the third year of your course abroad. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases, take part in exciting volunteering opportunities.

Find out more about the Modern Languages and Cultures side of the course, including Modern Languages and Cultures modules

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, philosophy of language, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and logic. We also have modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and Fanon.

There are no core Philosophy modules, so you can design your own pathway through the Philosophy side of the degree, with our support. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students. Information about Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Philosophy and Modern Languages & Cultures BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB typically including a modern foreign language
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, typically with 5 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.

We can also accept other qualifications: Other entry requirements for Philosophy and Modern Languages & Cultures BA 

Other qualifications

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

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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