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Why study Philosophy at UWTSD? 

  • 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, vision and imagination.

  • Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think, challenging one's beliefs and assumptions about the world. 

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

  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.

  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

Fancy studying another subject alongside philosophy? 

Interested in history, anthropology, English literature, creative writing, ancient civilisations, the environment or classics?

The philosophy programme gives you the opportunity to diversify your studies by studying other areas alongside philosophy. For example, you could combine your course with any of the above subjects or with the following ones:

Politics Economics  | Ecology

Humanitarianism | International Development

English | Creative Writing | Other humanities subjects

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.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of philosophy generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas of study include, for example, ethics, self and identity, knowledge and reality, equality, justice, existentialism, animal ethics, political philosophy, environmental issues, freedom, Buddhist philosophy, and the history of ideas (spanning from the Pre-Socratic period through to the early modern period and contemporary philosophy). You will have the opportunity to study the works of some of the greatest philosophers of all time, including, for example, Plato, Aristotle, Russell, Sartre and Wittgenstein. Options to study abroad may also be available.

A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English, classics, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects. You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here.

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.

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 some exam.

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, exhibition, and work placements) 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
  • Education
  • Environmental work 
  • NGOs and charities
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and journalism
  • Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate transferable work skill
  • Fundraising
  • Analyst jobs
  • Advocacy and government relations jobs
  • Administrative work
  • Committee work
  • Ethics advisors and other advisory work

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.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Fieldtrip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

  • BA Ethical and Political Studies
  • BA Philosophy and Classical Studies
  • BA Philosophy with Education Studies
  • For a full list of joint courses, go to Joint Honours Courses.
  • Other subjects you could study alongside philosophy include but are not limited to: history, English literature, classics, ancient civilisations, Chinese studies, ecology, international development, economics, humanitarianism, and anthropology.
  • Humanities Foundation.

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.