Why study Philosophy with Psychology at Warwick?
- Our academics produce world-leading research in both analytic and continental philosophy, and are involved in teaching at all levels. This means that you are learning from individuals at the forefront of their fields from day one.
- Our courses are designed to help you develop clear, rigorous and creative responses to challenging and fundamental questions in a stimulating and inspiring intellectual environment.
- We emphasise the study of Philosophy’s core traditions (e.g. in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant) as a background to understanding and critically interrogating more recent philosophical questions and concerns (as these have arisen in the works of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Russell, Frege and Wittgenstein, among others).
- You will also study in the Department of Psychology, which is widely recognised as one of the UK’s top research departments. In the last national research evaluation, Warwick Psychology came 7th of more than 80 departments in research outputs. This means that you will be taught by academics at the very cutting edge of their field, providing an inspiring learning experience. We receive very positive feedback from our students, with 91% of those completing the NSS surveys in 2014 or 2015 saying they were satisfied with their course.
Dr Stephen Butterfill
3nd year undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This course addresses fundamental questions about the nature of mind and action, involving both philosophical and psychological investigation. Understanding what minds are and how actions happen requires insights into both empirical mechanisms (from psychology) and addressing conceptual challenges (in philosophy).
You will be taught by world-leading experts from both the Philosophy and Psychology Departments, benefiting from some of the highest contact hours in the sector. Many professors in the Department of Philosophy have interests in Psychology, and several pursue research in both areas. Modules exploring mind, language and action plus specialist options, like the Origins of Mind, provide further integration of the two subjects. As a philosophical psychologist you will learn to understand, critically analyse and construct complex theoretical positions, integrating conceptual arguments and empirical research.
These key skills, alongside the ability to explain and argue persuasively both verbally and in writing, make our graduates highly employable. Your first year provides a solid grounding in psychology, and the art of philosophy and its history. Seminars will also instill the skills of close reading of complex texts and the preparation of well-crafted philosophical prose.
In your second and third years, you have more freedom to pursue your philosophical and psychological interests with guidance from professors and your personal tutor. An optional dissertation in the final year allows you to research a chosen topic with close individual supervision.
How will I learn?
Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, seminars and tutorials alongside private study. Our contact hours are among the highest in the sector (8–12 hours per week) and our students highly rate the feedback they receive.
In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops. Many students also take part in our annual philosophy weekend away for undergraduates, MA and PhD students and faculty staff.
How will I be assessed?
We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and
written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, examinations and an optional
dissertation. Your second and third year work carries equal weight in determining your final degree classification.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.
All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36 points
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information on the latter please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Essential Subjects None
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Department Open Days These are held during February and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
For further advice and information, please contact the Philosophy department on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What modules could I study?
In the first year you may take four modules in parallel throughout the year. Three of these are core requirements: Philosophical Arguments, Philosophical Methods, and Brain and Behaviour (in Psychology). For the fourth module you may choose from Philosophy (e.g. Ancient Philosophy plus Philosophy in Practice; or Ideas of Freedom), Psychology (e.g. Psychology in Context), or another subject (e.g. a language).
In your second year you will take History of Modern Philosophy (which amounts to one quarter of your course for the year, or 30 CATS) together with two modules from Psychology: Developmental Psychology, and Language and Thought (each amounting to one eighth of your course, or 15 CATS each). For the rest you are free to choose from many option modules in Philosophy and Psychology (there are typically around 35 modules to choose from). You could even choose to spend up to a quarter of your time (30 CATS) in a third subject.
In your third year you will spend a quarter or more of your time on modules in Psychology and a quarter or more on modules in Philosophy. Among the Philosophy options, Epistemology and Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind are required (each amounting to one eighth of your course, or 15 CATS) if you have not previously taken them in year 2. As in the second year, there is a wide range of options to choose from and up to a quarter of your time can be spent in a third subject (for example, Biology). You can also choose to take the Dissertation (which is a quarter of your course for the year, or 30 CATS). The Dissertation module enables you to pursue independent research under the individual supervision of a lecturer or professor, culminating in a 10,000 essay.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
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A level: AAB
IB: 36 points
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Philosophy
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
£9,000 per year - find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.