Philosophy BA BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

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BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The foundation year is designed to address the specific learning competencies that you will need at degree level, such as independent study techniques, communication and language skills, and information technology capabilities – in addition to a general introduction to study in the social sciences and in philosophy in particular.

BA (Hons) with Foundation English

These distinctive courses combine study in a key academic discipline with a foundation year of English language tuition and cultural orientation. The aim of the foundation year is to prepare international students for university­-level study in a British environment. To achieve this, students are given tuition in English language and academic study skills as well as British cultural understanding initial subject provision in their chosen area, along with an introduction to the modes of learning and teaching in their destination department.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,000

Overseas: £12,500

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,000

Overseas: £8,350

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus


BA (Hons)

4 years


BA (Hons)

4 years

About the course

Philosophy has been taught at Hull since 1927. Students at Hull benefit from very small group tutorials and seminars. You will be taught by people who are passionate about their subject, several of whom are internationally renowned scholars, exploring issues at the cutting-edge of the discipline. In the 2015 National Student Survey, 100% of students praised our staff's ability to make the subject interesting.

This degree course provides students with a range of skills that readily transfer to many areas of employment making our students highly employable. You will learn to: think critically, solve problems, communicate confidently and effectively, and work independently and in groups. We offer the option of a foundation year for students who have taken time away from education, need to enhance their language and writing skills or simply need to reinforce their academic skills for further study.

With strong international links, students can opt to spend some or all of their second year at universities in the USA, Spain, Greece or other European countries. We often arrange teaching exchanges and welcome overseas philosophers as visiting scholars conducting research.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change during Clearing. Please call us on 0330 012 8806 for the latest information.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points. 

Foundation English Language year entry requirements:

  • Tariff points: 280 points (includes all qualifications in the UCAS tariff with a minimum requirement of 200 points from 2 or more A levels or equivalent)
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

You need to be able to demonstrate proficiency in English with an IELTS score of 5.0-5.5 (or equivalent).

International students

(language requirements)

If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency. Learn more

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Future prospects

Our recent graduates have gone on to have successful careers in finance, business, print and broadcast journalism, law, politics, non-governmental organisations and charities, finance, public relations, and education, as well as the Civil Service. Others have chosen to continue their studies as postgraduates – so you may be interested in the outlines of what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.

The University of Hull also offers comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre within the union building. The Centre focuses on helping students achieve their employment goals and offers competitive internships, mock interviews with fully trained advisers and CV workshops and advice. The Careers Advice Centre is open to all students and all services remain open to graduates whenever they are required.