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Philosophy (BA) Part time

This course has been discontinued

Philosophy (BA) Part time has been discontinued from 2022. You can view similar courses for Philosophy or search our undergraduate courses.

  • Subject area: Philosophy
  • UCAS code: Direct entry
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Mode: Part time

Entry year

Why study this course

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How should we live our lives? What should we believe? How should we set about trying to answer these questions? How are we even able to think about them? Philosophy investigates these profound issues and addresses today’s great global questions.

As the world’s oldest academic discipline, Philosophy has developed an impressive range of concepts and techniques for addressing complicated problems. In our degree, we equip you to analyse and construct complex chains of reasoning for yourself, developing and refining your thinking skills to consider the great philosophical puzzles past and present.

We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment, placing a strong emphasis on individual one-to-one meetings at key points in each semester.   In addition, every member of our academic staff is available for two hours every week in term time for you to drop in and chat about your modules or about philosophy more generally.

Looking outwards to our wider community, we explore the great issues of our time in our weekly research seminar series and our regular public philosophy events in the city centre, produced in association with the Royal Institute of Philosophy. We warmly encourage our undergraduate students to participate in these events throughout the year.

Subject area: Philosophy

Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level

ABB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.


This grade range reflects our typical standard and contextual offers. We carefully consider your contextual data (the circumstances in which you've been studying) upon application. Eligible students applying for this course will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.

International Baccalaureate

Award of the IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects.

Baccalaureate Wales

From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Other qualifications from inside the UK

BTEC

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

T level

Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.

Qualifications from outside the UK

See our qualification equivalences guide

Additional entry requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £3,500 None
Year two £3,500 None
Year three £3,500 None
Year four £3,500 None
Year five £3,500 None
Year six £3,500 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2022/23 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,600 None
Year two £9,600 None
Year three £9,600 None
Year four £9,600 None
Year five £9,600 None
Year six £9,600 None

Learn more about our tuition fees

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

Ni fydd angen unrhyw offer penodol.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

This is the part-time version of the full-time BA Philosophy course and can be taken over six years rather than the three years for full-time. Students normally take 60 credits per year (as opposed to full-time students who take 120 credits a year).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/2023 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Yn y flwyddyn gyntaf daw 60 credyd o fodiwlau craidd ac yna byddwch yn cael dewis eang o fodiwlau dewisol.

Mae'r tri modiwl craidd (gorfodol) yn rhoi sylfaen gynhwysfawr mewn athroniaeth, heb ailadrodd yr hyn y bydd rhai myfyrwyr wedi ei astudio’n barod.

Mae myfyrwyr rhan amser fel arfer yn cymryd dwy flynedd i gwblhau y rhan hon o’r rhaglen, gan ddilyn 60 o gredydau y flwyddyn. Cysylltwch â’r Ysgol yn uniongyrchol encap@caerdydd.ac.uk) er mwyn trafod y dewisiadau sydd ar gael.

Year two

Mae blwyddyn dau wedi ei chynllunio i adeiladu ar sylfaen blwyddyn un drwy fodiwlau mwy penodol sy'n darparu sylfaen fwy cadarn mewn meysydd penodol. Nid oes modiwlau gorfodol.

Fe'ch anogir i ddilyn diddordebau rydych chi wedi eu datblygu yn y flwyddyn gyntaf, ond hefyd ystyried beth fyddech chi'n hoffi ei astudio yn y flwyddyn ganlynol.

Mae myfyrwyr rhan amser fel arfer yn cymryd dwy flynedd i gwblhau y rhan hon o’r rhaglen, gan ddilyn 60 o gredydau y flwyddyn. Cysylltwch â’r Ysgol yn uniongyrchol encap@caerdydd.ac.uk) er mwyn trafod y dewisiadau sydd ar gael.

Year three

Blwyddyn tri yw ein blwyddyn dan arweiniad ymchwil, lle mae’r modiwlau'n adlewyrchu gweithgareddau ymchwil presennol y staff sy'n eu dysgu, gan adeiladu ar y themâu a astudiwyd ym mlwyddyn dau.

Byddwch yn darllen ac yn meddwl am yr union destunau y mae arweinydd y modiwl yn meddwl ac yn ysgrifennu amdanyn nhw ar hyn o bryd.

Mae cyfle hefyd i wneud gwaith ymchwil annibynnol yn y modiwl traethawd hir.

Mae myfyrwyr rhan amser fel arfer yn cymryd dwy flynedd i gwblhau y rhan hon o’r rhaglen, gan ddilyn 60 o gredydau y flwyddyn. Cysylltwch â’r Ysgol yn uniongyrchol encap@caerdydd.ac.uk) er mwyn trafod y dewisiadau sydd ar gael.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Philosophy of ScienceSE431220 credits
Philosophy of MindSE431320 credits
Philosophy of Contemporary PoliticsSE436320 credits
French ExistentialismSE436920 credits
Modern Moral PhilosophySE437320 credits
Contemporary Ethical TheorySE438820 credits
EpistemologySE439820 credits
Credoau'r CymrySE440020 credits
Ancient PhilosophySE440520 credits
What to Believe in the Age of the InternetSE440720 credits
Philosophy of FeminismSE441820 credits
Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio'r Gymdeithas GyfalafolSE442320 credits
AestheticsSE442420 credits
The Varieties of ExperienceSE443020 credits

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
Philosophy of ScienceSE431220 credits
Philosophy of MindSE431320 credits
Philosophy of Contemporary PoliticsSE436320 credits
French ExistentialismSE436920 credits
Modern Moral PhilosophySE437320 credits
Contemporary Ethical TheorySE438820 credits
EpistemologySE439820 credits
Credoau'r CymrySE440020 credits
Ancient PhilosophySE440520 credits
What to Believe in the Age of the InternetSE440720 credits
Philosophy of FeminismSE441820 credits
Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio'r Gymdeithas GyfalafolSE442320 credits
AestheticsSE442420 credits
The Varieties of ExperienceSE443020 credits

Year five

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Problem of ConsciousnessSE437920 credits
Dissertation in PhilosophySE438520 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangSE439420 credits
Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruSE439620 credits
Cognition and TechnologySE441020 credits
Animal MindsSE441120 credits
The Social ImaginationSE441220 credits
Modern German PhilosophySE441320 credits
Ethics of KnowingSE442220 credits
Beauty & EthicsSE442520 credits
Moral ResponsibilitySE442620 credits
A Sense of the PossibleSE442720 credits
Ethics of the Social WorldSE442820 credits
Nietzsche & the Pessimistic TraditionSE442920 credits

Year six

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Problem of ConsciousnessSE437920 credits
Dissertation in PhilosophySE438520 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangSE439420 credits
Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruSE439620 credits
Cognition and TechnologySE441020 credits
Animal MindsSE441120 credits
The Social ImaginationSE441220 credits
Modern German PhilosophySE441320 credits
Ethics of KnowingSE442220 credits
Beauty & EthicsSE442520 credits
Moral ResponsibilitySE442620 credits
A Sense of the PossibleSE442720 credits
Ethics of the Social WorldSE442820 credits
Nietzsche & the Pessimistic TraditionSE442920 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

Your scheduled contact hours will be supplemented by the opportunity for individual meetings with academic staff, by supportive academic progress meetings with your personal tutor and by the opportunity to attend research seminars and careers activities.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance.

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Careers

Career prospects

YSGOL SAESNEG, CYFATHREBU AC ATHRONIAETH

Yn 2013/14, adroddodd 91% o raddedigion yr Ysgol oedd ar gael i weithio eu bod mewn cyflogaeth a/neu astudiaethau pellach o fewn chwe mis i raddio.

Mae gan raddedigion Athroniaeth sgiliau dadansoddol a chyfathrebu ardderchog sy'n addas ar gyfer amrediad llawn o broffesiynau a hyfforddiant pellach. Mae eu harbenigedd diwylliannol a'u galluoedd deallusol yn cael eu gwerthfawrogi yn y sector cyhoeddus a'r sector preifat, ac mewn cyd-destunau mor amrywiol ag ystafell ddosbarth, llysoedd y gyfraith a’r cyfryngau.

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.