• BA Philosophy

90% of UWTSD’s Historical & Philosophical Studies students agreed that their course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth – NSS 2017.

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.

Studying Philosophy encourages the development of core skills highly prized by employers: they think clearly, logically, and creatively; communicate articulately and accurately; analyse critically and rigorously. Philosophy graduates are all-rounders: thoughtful, insightful, and versatile. 

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies and Take a Pathway

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:

Politics PathwayEconomics Pathway | Ecology Pathway
Humanitarianism & Law Pathway | International Development Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V502
UCAS Code (Foundation): PHF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 Years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

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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.

If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our Philosophy degree is for you.

  • Ethics
  • The Self
  • Knowledge & Reality
  • Freedom, Equality & Justice
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Classical Greek Philosophy
  • Issues in Metaphysics
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Metaethics
  • Merleau Ponty and Wittgenstein
  • Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Buddhism
  • Rationalists and Empiricists
  • Freedom, Agency & Responsibility
  • Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (Russell and Wittgenstein)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • 19th Century  Continental Philosophy
  • Environment, Sustainability and Philosophy
  • Yangsheng and Daoist Body Philosophy
  • Independent Project
  • Dissertation
  • Study Abroad option

The University has a long and distinguished tradition of Philosophy provision dating back to 1827, when St David’s College offered its first students courses in logic and metaphysics.

Philosophy is now delivered by a dedicated team working in the new School of Cultural Studies, following the creation of University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010. The current Philosophy team provides a rich balance between the different traditions, styles and subjects of Philosophy.

The small class sizes allows for the development of personal and informal relationships between staff and students: such relationships are fundamental to philosophical dialogue and conducive to student satisfaction, but unfortunately are all too rare in academic life today.

A variety of teaching methods contributes to the breadth of scope of the undergraduate degree in Philosophy, with seminars, tutorials, workshop sessions, and the more traditional lectures, as well as more modern methods utilising the internet and other e-learning facilities.

The Philosophy team is friendly and supportive, and is renowned for providing a welcoming, stimulating, and socially enriching environment for the new student. Our students are from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The University is noted for the support it offers to students from non-traditional backgrounds, and those who are returning to study after a long break from formal education. There is a high proportion of mature students, who bring their life-experiences to discussions and debates.

With friendly and supportive staff, the Philosophy department provides a welcoming, stimulating, and socially enriching environment for the new student.

The course is assessed mostly through essays with presentations and examinations. All students undertake a dissertation or extended essay as part of their final year and have the opportunity to undertake practical tasks (for example, archiving and exhibition) in option modules.

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.

  • Law
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and journalism
  • Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate transferable work skill

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

For any students considering studying BA Philosophy 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.