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MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

62%

Subjects
  • Philosophy
Student score
96% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£21.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

Scottish Highers
AABB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
35

with SL or HL in English and Mathematics. Another language at SL is desirable.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

62%

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

£1,820

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

Modules

Level 1: Logic and knowledge: introduction to formal logic, philosophy of logic and epistemology; introduction to metaphysics: classic problems of space, time, infinity and causality; philosophy and human nature: theories of matter and consciousness; the historical and social context of science: the emergence of science and its contemporary practice; moral problems and the history of ethics: introduction to some contemporary moral problems and the history of ethics; moral theories and the philosophy of religion: the major moral theories and an introduction to the philosophy of religion; political theory: introduction to political concepts and the history of political thought. Level 2 and Honours Level: Wide variety of required and optional modules are offered in: logic; philosophy of language; philosophy of science; history of philosophy (classical, medieval and modern); moral theory; social and political philosophy; theory of knowledge; philosophy of mind; philosophy of art; ethics and international affairs.

University of St Andrews

Graduation

St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The city is quite small the University accounts for approximately half the population but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from more than a hundred countries.

How you'll spend your time

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

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

11%
89%

Year 3

11%
89%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
52%

Year 1

50%
50%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

13%
87%

Year 4

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 100%
Student score 96% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

98%

Staff made the subject interesting

96%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

74%

Feedback on work has been prompt

70%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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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
52% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
533 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
1% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £21.5k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

9%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

4%

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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