BA Philosophy (Part time)

Join a tradition of thought and exploration that stretches back thousands of years and get to grips with the most fundamental questions of our existence. What is there, and why? How do we know? Why does it matter? When you study philosophy, you are responding to the deep desire to know and understand, to discover and change things, and to question received opinions.

On this course, your ideas matter, and you’ll learn how to express them, defend them and act on them with confidence and clarity. These powers of analysis and deep thought will prepare you to work in an amazing range of different fields from politics, journalism and education, to publishing and advertising.

At UEA Philosophy focuses on learning to think in new ways, and questioning existing ways of doing things, so you don’t need a background in philosophy to join this degree.


On this course you will gain a strong foundation in a broad range of philosophical topics. Then you will have the chance to tailor your studies to suit your interests by selecting your own optional modules. Throughout your time with us you will cultivate your imagination, your judgment and your ability to pay careful attention to standards of argument. From the very first day of your studies, you will be immersed in philosophical themes and theories.  

You will work with lecturers and tutors who are highly regarded in some of the most exciting areas of philosophy being studied today. This means you will have access to the very latest theories and approaches in the field. 

You will have a choice of major themes, including environmental philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of language, ethics, philosophy of religion, and literature. You will explore topics from philosophy of mind to philosophy of religion, from ethics to formal logic, and a myriad connections with other subjects (from maths to creative writing). You will engage in philosophical debates with great thinkers, from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary philosophers in this ever-unfolding field. You can also choose to complement your studies by taking classes in gender studies, classical ideas, creative writing, film studies, or languages and culture.

During your studies, you will discover that philosophy is still controversial, still disputed, and still open to correction, and you will be invited to make your own suggestions. You will build up the confidence to challenge received wisdom on the basis of genuine understanding and accurate critical focus, and to speak with your own unique voice. 

Throughout the course you will hone your study and research skills as well as your ability to engage with philosophical thought and debate. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through producing your own written work. Your tutors will help you refine your writing skills with constructive feedback and individual guidance.

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Course Structure

In your first year you study a range of core modules, designed to be interesting and challenging to both beginners and those who have taken philosophy at school. You will soon be confident discussing complex ideas, presenting convincing arguments and listening with purpose.

After your first and second year, you will tailor your degree to suit your own skills and interests. You can choose from a wide selection of philosophy modules, both historical and topical. You can also complement your studies by branching out into subjects outside of philosophy. 

Years 1 & 2

Your first and second year is about getting the right intellectual start to your degree. You will develop intellectual and practical skills essential for studying philosophy at degree level. You will quickly get to grips with logic, historical approaches, close reading of arguments, investigation of topics and problems, and exploring the connections with other disciplines. Whether you studied philosophy at school or are new to the subject, you will find these modules stimulating - this is not about covering old ground, but about thinking afresh. In the second semester there is the option to take one module in a subsidiary theme that interests you, in place of the Great Books module.

Years 3 & 4

During your third and fourth year you will choose six modules, of which at least four must be from philosophy – including one on history of philosophy (ancient or modern) and two from a range of core topics such as: Moral Philosophy; Ethics for Life; Art, Beauty and Interpretation; Epistemology and Metaphysics; Environmental Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of History; Nietzsche and Nihilism; Phenomenology and Existentialism; The Philosophy of Wittgenstein; Ancient Philosophy; Film as Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Logic; Philosophy of Science.

If you wish, you can explore a chosen subsidiary theme, by taking one or two modules in gender studies, creative writing, languages, classical ideas or film studies. This is a good time to study a language, or you can spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities.

Years 5 & 6

By now you will have carved out a degree that is tailored to your interests and career goals. Now you can specialise even further, by taking just four in-depth modules. There are no compulsory modules, but not more than one of your modules can be from outside philosophy (namely a module as specified for your ongoing subsidiary theme). 

You will also have the chance to write a dissertation. This is a great opportunity to hone your skills in research and independent study, as well as to immerse yourself in a topic of your choosing, all whilst benefiting from the one-to-one guidance of a specialist researcher in the School. You can also join, or even request, a ‘special subject’ module where you will conduct research alongside prominent academics.


You will be assessed across a range of your work, including essays, substantial research projects or dissertation, and examinations. Each module will have its own combination of assessment methods. Your final result is calculated by combining the results of all of the modules which you have studied in the final two years.

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Course Modules


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

We always welcome applications from mature students and 'non-standard' applicants - (those not coming directly from school or college) - but we usually ask that they have some relevant and recent academic study to prepare them for the demands and challenges of undergraduate work.  By this we mean literature-related study at A-Level equivalent standard within the last 3 or 4 years. We would consider an A-Level in English Literature or the combined Language and Literature A-Level (a high grade would be required), an Access to Higher Education course (Humanities route) (many local colleges offer these and we would be looking for Distinction and Merit grades (exact requirements are dependent on exactly which programme you apply to as they all have slightly different entry requirements) or some Literature-based Open University study. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


Applicants with alternative qualifications are usually invited to attend for interview. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.


This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE Level.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applying for Part-Time Degrees

The University of East Anglia offers some of its undergraduate degrees on a part-time basis. Applications are made directly to the University: More information and an application form can be found at our Part-Time Study pages. For further information on the part-time application process, please contact our Admissions Office at

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