BA Philosophy and Medieval Studies
A Joint Honours programme in Philosophy and Medieval Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two popular humanities subjects. Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
One part of the programme, Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Philosophy explores the big questions – Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think. Philosophy explores the big questions - Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination. Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through Philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.
Medieval Studies draws upon expertise in English, Religious studies and Archaeology and thus allows students to explore all aspects of the medieval world. The Medieval Studies degree is structured around methodological and research modules such as Introduction to Medieval Studies in your first year, and Medieval Manuscript Studies and Documentary Sources for Medieval Studies. The Medieval studies programme can offer a range of modules which cover broad sweeps of time (Medieval Europe, 1066-1452, the Medieval Castle in Context:) allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change (the Wars of the Roses, Chaucer’s comic tales, the Cistercians).
- Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Language
- Continental Philosophy
- Applied Ethics
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Imagining the Other
- Medieval England
- The Middle Ages
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War
- Medieval Castles in context
- Knights and Castles
- Medieval Documentary Source materials
- Wars of the Roses
- The Cistercians
- Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature
- Chaucer’s comic tales
- Excavation and fieldwork of a Medieval Abbey
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in research methods
- Workshops with medieval original manuscripts
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
- Transferable interpersonal skills
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- Fund-raising, management consultancy, research
- Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
- Social work
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts; civil service
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.
For any students considering studying BA Philosophy and Medieval Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.