Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is the systematic attempt to arrive at clear answers to profound questions by studying and assessing the arguments and answers that have been offered in 2,500 years of philosophical speculation.

We host reading parties for students, usually in the Highlands, and have a flourishing undergraduate philosophy society.

Programme structure

Year 1

You will be introduced to key problems in moral and political philosophy, and in philosophy of mind and knowledge. In moral philosophy you will consider questions such as the objectivity of morality and the application of ethics to the study of difficult practical problems. In political philosophy you will consider the nature of our obligation (if any) to obey the government and where this obligation comes from. You will also consider theories concerning the relationship between the mind and the world: how do we come to know about the existence of a reality outside of the mind? Is the mind distinct from the body? The course will also examine how we can distinguish between good and bad arguments.

Year 2

You will focus on two courses: one broadly based on theory of knowledge, the other on moral and political philosophy. You will also begin the study of logic and of the way in which questions of language and meaning enter into philosophy. 

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will choose courses covering in more depth the core areas of philosophy studied in first and second years, as well as a wide range of options taught by specialist researchers. 

In year 4 you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation. 

Our international links

We encourage our students to study abroad (usually during year 3). We have Socrates/Erasmus exchange schemes with the Universities of Barcelona and Augsburg.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

MA

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include at least one arts, humanities or language subject.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA/AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer).
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English and a humanities subject or language at Grades A/B or B/A.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points, with grades 6,6,5 at Higher Level.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: For any mandatory subject requirements please see the mandatory requirements for ‘Highers’ above.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Arts European Requirements [pdf]

A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

MA (SocSci)

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or a humanities subject.

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAA. (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAAB in S5 but have achieved at least AABB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015 once all applications have been reviewed.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or a humanities subject at Grades A or B.

Accepted humanities and languages Highers

Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Management
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Classical Greek
  • Classical studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French
  • Gaelic
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Personal and social education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education
  • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points, with grades 6,6,6 at Higher Level.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: For any mandatory subject requirements please see the mandatory requirements for ‘Highers’ above.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Social Sciences European Requirements [pdf]

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

BSc

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of one relevant science subject required. 

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAA or AAABB. S6 entry requirement = AAAAAB (S6 entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAA or AAABB in S5 but have achieved at least ABBB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2015.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Minimum of two science subjects, one of which is relevant to the programme applied for. 

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points, with grades 6,6,5 at Higher Level.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Two Science subjects. These should be at HL 6 or 5 OR at SL 7. For mandatory subject requirements please see the mandatory requirements for ‘Highers’ above.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Science European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science (Double Syllabus)
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

LLB

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English or GCSE English Literature and Language. LNAT (see below).

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 entry requirement = AAAAA. S6 entry requirements: applicants who achieved between AAAAB and AABBB in S5 will be asked to attain either two Advanced Highers or a mix of Advanced Highers and additional Highers: subject to a satisfactory LNAT score.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Conditional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieve a minimum of AABBB in by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English. LNAT (see below). Applicants who are made conditional offers based on S6 results are encouraged, where possible, to study Advanced Highers in arts/social science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 39 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include English at HL6. LNAT (see below).

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

Applicants to all LLB degrees who do not already hold an undergraduate degree are required to take the LNAT test by 20 January 2015. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises a two-hour on-screen test made up of multiple choice (80 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English. The test can be taken by applicants at centres throughout the UK and overseas. Information on how to sit the test can be found at: www.lnat.ac.uk.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

You will develop many transferable skills and attributes which will be valuable in your future career. These include evaluating arguments and interpreting texts, the ability to be analytical, precision of thought and expression, and the capacity to question assumptions. Some of our graduates go on to study for postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and some of these progress to teach in universities. Our recent Philosophy graduates have been employed by

  • Hydrogen Group, recruitment consultant
  • Beijing School, English teacher
  • Hopscotch Films, TV researcher.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BSc

  • KIS
    Mathematics/Philosophy: GVD5

LLB

  • KIS
    Law/Philosophy: MV15

MA

  • KIS
    Philosophy: V502
  • Business & Management/Philosophy: NVF5
  • KIS
    Celtic Civilisation/Philosophy: QV55
  • KIS
    Celtic Studies/Philosophy: QVM5
  • KIS
    Classics/Philosophy: QV85
  • KIS
    Comparative Literature/Philosophy: QVF5
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Philosophy: GV45
  • KIS
    Digital Media & Information Studies/Philosophy: GV55
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VVJ5
  • KIS
    Economics/Philosophy: LVD5
  • KIS
    English Language/Philosophy: QV3N
  • KIS
    English Literature/Philosophy: QV3M
  • KIS
    Film & Television Studies/Philosophy: VW56
  • KIS
    Geography/Philosophy: LV75
  • KIS
    German/Philosophy: RV25
  • KIS
    History of Art/Philosophy: VVH5
  • KIS
    History/Philosophy: VVC5
  • KIS
    Italian/Philosophy: RV35
  • KIS
    Mathematics/Philosophy: GV15
  • KIS
    Music/Philosophy: VW53
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Central & East European Studies: VR85
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Politics: LVF5
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Psychology: CVV5
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Russian: RV75
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Scottish History: VVD5
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Theatre Studies: VW54
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Theology & Religious Studies: VV56
  • KIS
    Portuguese/Philosophy : 7A3W
  • KIS
    Sociology/Philosophy: LV65

MA(Soc)

  • Business & Management/Philosophy: NV25
  • KIS
    Business Economics/Philosophy: LV15
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Philosophy: RVT5
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VV35
  • KIS
    Economics/Philosophy: LVC5
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Politics: LV25
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Psychology: CV85
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Sociology: LVH5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.