Department of Philosophy

Philosophy undergraduate degrees (BA, BSc)

Why study with us?

The Department of Philosophy has an international reputation and attracts staff and students from around the world, guaranteeing you will be taught by innovative, award-winning teachers, and study with fascinating, highly motivated people.

Our inspiring teaching draws on our world-leading research and we offer a broad range of interests, with particular strengths in ethics, metaphysics, language, and aesthetics.

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Key facts

  • We produce cutting-edge research - in the latest Research Assessment Framework, 69% of our research was rated as being 'world leading', or 'internationally excellent', with the remainder all of a quality that is 'recognised internationally'.
  • We offer a wide range of subjects and give you the opportunity to write an extended piece of work on what interests you.
  • In conjunction with the Philosophy Society, we offer a range of activities including volunteering to teach philosophy in local schools, a peer mentoring scheme and weekends away, to help broaden your skill base, make you feel at home in the department or just have some fun!


Teaching and Learning

In the Department of Philosophy we are passionate about innovative and inspiring teaching.

We combine traditional and new methods of teaching and learning, to stimulate your passion for philosophy.

We are proud to have several winners of the University Lord Dearing Awards for excellence in teaching and learning among our staff, and our lecturers are frequently nominated for Student Union Staff Oscars for their teaching.

How will I study?

Teaching is mainly carried out through interactive lectures and small-group seminars which foster group work and discussion. We also incorporate technology and use a variety of tools to help you get the most out of your time with us including:

  • pod and video casts
  • interactive keypads
  • online quizzes
  • online marking
  • audio feedback on essays
  • PowerPoints
  • Prezi (presentation software)

All modules use Moodle, the virtual learning environment, which provides 24-hour access to teaching materials and other resources to support your learning. Students submit written work electronically via Turnitin, which also allows them to check their work for originality prior to submission.

Apart from inspiring your passion for philosophy, one of our main aims is to create independent learners by teaching you key skills including:

  • becoming a researcher
  • managing your time
  • meeting deadlines
  • writing and communicating clearly
  • preparing and giving presentations

Core modules

There are a number of core modules in the first year that give you a broad foundation in the subject:

  • Reasoning and Argument (key academic skills for making the most of your degree)
  • Self, Mind and Body
  • Introduction to Moral Philosophy
  • Elementary Logic
  • Appearance and Reality

In the second and third year you can choose from a large number of different modules covering a vast range of subjects, a taste includes:

  • Mind and Consciousness
  • Metaethics
  • Advanced Logic
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Being Becoming and Reality

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example research developments or legislative changes. This list is an example of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list.

An introduction to the module Mind and Consciousness by Dr Mark Jago.

See our other module videos.


We assess by essays, in-class tests, final exams and group oral assessments. We have also assessed students through one-to-one vivas (oral assessments) and poster presentations. We are keen to use a variety of assessment methods so you can develop different skills and strengths. We also recognise the value of providing timely, constructive feedback to allow you to improve in your work.



The department has perfected the balance between studying classical and contemporary philosophy and how both impact on our lives today.  


Tom Ivens (Philosophy BA, 2013)


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Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

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Single honours

Philosophy BA

Joint honours

Philosophy and Theology BA

Music and Philosophy BA

Classical Civilisation
and Philosophy BA

English and Philosophy BA

French and Philosophy BA

Economics and Philosophy BA

Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA

Physics and Philosophy BSc

Psychology and Philosophy BSc

Religion Philosophy
and Ethics BA

New Liberal Arts degree

An exciting new degree, starting in 2018, for academically strong, ambitious students.

Explore your subject interest within a framework of problem-solving, enquiry and exploration.

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t: +44 (0)115 846 7647


Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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