Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code V500
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Philosophy

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Department of Philosophy
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 0587
Email philosophy@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/prospectiveugs

Department of Philosophy

94% agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

Philosophical reflection requires a distinctive combination of imagination and exact reasoning. You'll develop these skills through a wide range of modules.

Philosophy at Sheffield is highly flexible. There are no compulsory modules. You plan your own degree pathway, choosing the modules that interest you most.

Over the three years, you can develop your understanding of key areas including ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures in the history of philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

In the first year you'll take a mixture of philosophy modules and subjects in other departments, for instance: you might want to study a language or take a course in history. Your second and third years will be devoted to philosophy modules.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2
Scottish Highers AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • A Level in General Studies is accepted
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Philosophy website

First year

Optional modules:

Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Death
Elementary Logic
Film and Philosophy
History of Ethics
History of Philosophical Ideas
Key Arguments
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
Paradox and Plurality: Zeno to Aristotle
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument

Second year

Optional modules:

Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Feminism
Formal Logic
Philosophy and Education
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of the Arts
Plato
Political Philosophy
Reference and Truth
Religion and the Good Life
The Rationalists
Theory of Knowledge
Topics in Ancient Philosophy

Third year

Optional modules:

Advanced Logic
Aristotle
Epistemology
Feminism: Rationality and Politics
Free Will & Religion
Global Justice
Metaphysics
Pain, Pleasure, and Emotions
Phenomenology
Philosophical Problems 1
Philosophical Problems 2
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Psychology
Plato's Symposium
Political Obligation
Practical Reason
The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 21%
Independent study 79%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 57%
Coursework 43%
Practical 0%

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy website

What our graduates do

Studying philosophy will develop your ability to analyse and state a case clearly, evaluate arguments and be precise in your thinking. These skills will put you in a strong position when it comes to finding employment or going on to further study.

Our graduates work in teaching, law, social work, computing, the civil service, journalism, paid charity work, business, insurance and accountancy. Many also go on to study philosophy at postgraduate level.

Student profile


"Sheffield's fantastic because the lecturers are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures."

Emma Shephard
Philosophy

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