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Main entry requirements
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers87%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
Come and explore some of the most profound questions it is possible to ask with some of the most eminent philosophers in the country. What makes something good or just? Is the human mind just a lump of grey matter? Can I know that I'm not trapped inside The Matrix? Do we have free will? Does God exist? Does science provide us with a special kind of knowledge? Who decides what counts as beautiful? This prestigious degree provides a thorough grounding in the central areas of philosophy for students from all educational backgrounds. It fosters independent judgement, original thought and the ability to analyse complex ideas and arguments. It offers a wide range of option modules, and it is sometimes possible to take one or two options at King's College London. You will be welcome to attend the very wide range of philosophy events at Birkbeck, other London colleges and the Institute of Philosophy.
In Year 1, you are given a rigorous grounding in the central areas of the subject: epistemology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy. In the subsequent two years, you are taught these central areas to more advanced levels, while also choosing option modules from a wide range of other philosophical fields. You may also, if you desire, write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, individually supervised by a faculty member with relevant expertise. In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules. In Year 2, you take three compulsory modules and choose two option modules. In Year 3, you take any six option modules and complete a dissertation, or else take any eight option modules with no dissertation.
Birkbeck is a world-class university headquartered in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. It is a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist evening degree provider with students aged 18 to 100. We are a College of the University of London and champion part-time and evening teaching and research in higher education.
We list 41 full-time, evening taught Birkbeck courses, but you can choose from more than 80 part-time evening degrees - visit Birkbeck website for full details.
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2:1 or above
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