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Oxford Brookes University

Philosophy and Psychology

UCAS Code: CV85
BA/BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

112

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Subjects
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
Student score
77% MED
92% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
82% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
£15k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
112

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

80%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

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
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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

Course description

This is a combined honours course, where you study Philosophy alongside Psychology. Philosophy tackles some of the most exciting and fundamental questions about human nature and our place in the world, such as whether the mind is a computer and if it is rational to believe in God. You will explore the way we think and reason and the assumptions that underpin what we think we know about ourselves and the world. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the history of philosophy and contemporary debates, as well as the ability to ask challenging questions, reach reasoned conclusions and express yourself with clarity and precision. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour. Most of us take a keen interest in normal and abnormal behaviour â?? this course gives you the opportunity to explore your interests in depth and underpin it with a solid academic foundation. Oxford Brookesâ?? psychology facilities are purpose-built, and include laboratory facilities and a dedicated computer suite.

Modules

Philosophy: Year 1: Introduction to Philosophy; Academic Literacy: Philosophy; Introduction to Ethics; Theory of Knowledge. Years 2 and 3: Ancient Greek Philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; Foundations of German Idealism; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Language; Hellenistic Philosophy; Metaethics; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Religion; Continental Philosophy of Religion; Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy; Culture, Gender and Sexuality; Vice and Virtue; Special Topics in Philosophy; Independent Study in Philosophy; Interdisciplinary Dissertation; Dissertation in Philosophy. Psychology: Year 1: Foundations of Experimental Psychology; Foundations of Social Psychology; Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology; Foundations of Developmental Psychology. Years 2 and 3: Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology (Honours); Cognitive Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences; Biological Foundations of Behaviour; Advanced Statistics and Experimental Methods for Psychology; Questionnaires and Qualitative Methods for Psychology; Topics in Cognition (Honours); Topics in Developmental Psychology (Honours); Topics in Social Psychology (Honours); Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology (Honours); Explanatory Concepts (Honours);Empirical Project (Honours) (double module); Multidisciplinary Project; Independent Study; Psychology students may also choose to study up to 4 of the following acceptable modules: Psychology of Language (Honours); Sports Psychology (Honours); Man and Environment; Anthropology of Ritual; Crime and Society; Freedom, Justice and the Community; Globalisation and Democracy; Gender and Society; Race, Ethnicity and Exclusion; Education, Work and Employment; Sociology of Health and Illness; Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour (theory); Bodywork and Touch; Developing Employee Relations; Poverty and Welfare; Ageing, Old Age and the Elderly in Historical Perspective (double); Children in Sickness and Health, 1750-1950 (Honours); The Social World of Childhood; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind (Honours); The Philosophy of Religion; Group Dynamics.

Oxford Brookes University

Undergraduate Centre

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, as well as strong links with business and industry. Away from your studies, Oxford Brookes Students' Union has an agreement with the people behind O2 Academy venues to provide exclusive student entertainment in Oxford.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

18%
82%

Year 2

18%
82%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
61%
39%

Year 1

49%
51%

Year 2

55%
45%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources

82%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

53%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
82% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
9% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
339 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are caring personal services

16%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the fourth most popular subject overall, one in 24 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates – far more than there are jobs in psychology – this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business. With a mix of good people skills and with excellent number and data handling skills, a psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes – but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 92% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

78%

Staff made the subject interesting

98%

Library resources are satisfactory

81%

Feedback on work has been helpful

72%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

93%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
320 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 82% LOW
Average graduate salary £15k LOW
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are customer service managers and supervisors

7%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level – so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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