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At Reading we offer a range of stimulating and challenging philosophy degrees, which will enable you to think critically about the world around you.

Watch our film to find out more about Reason and Argument, which is a core module in all of our philosophy degrees.

ba philosophy

Learn how to criticise arguments effectively, and how to make a good case for your views on questions about truth, reality, right and wrong. You will study central philosophical principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures in Western and non-Western philosophy. This is a flexible degree that allows you to shape your studies to your interests. Only one module is compulsory in your first year. You can select the rest of the modules yourself and explore these subjects in further depth in years two and three. You can also select modules from outside the Department.

ba ethics, value and philosophy

Study the central arguments, theories and texts in areas of philosophy concerned with ethics, politics and art. You will learn to criticise arguments effectively, and to formulate a convincing case for your own views on these topics. You will also have the opportunity to study other areas of both Western and non-Western philosophy. With only two compulsory modules in the first year, this degree can be tailored to your areas of interest. You can choose the remainder of your modules yourself and explore these subjects in further depth in years two and three. You can also select modules from outside the Department.

ba philosophy, politics and economics

This combination of subjects has a rich history and has been a well-known favourite choice for politicians and future prime ministers. In philosophy, you will develop the ability to think logically, evaluate arguments critically, and challenge your own ideas and those of others. In politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. In economics, you will study both applied and practical issues and focus on the relationship between economics and society. You will study all three subjects in your first year, and can either continue with all three or focus on two subjects in years two and three.

You will also be a member of REAPP which brings together Reading's moral and political philosophers.

diversify your studies

We understand that you want to get the most out of your degree, and this could mean taking modules outside of the Department, or by studying two subjects you're passionate about. Philosophy modules themselves connect with a wide variety of other subjects, including Psychology, Politics, Physics and Economics, while you can choose to study Philosophy as a joint degree alongside a range of subjects.

We offer flexibility with our joint degrees – if you embark on a joint course, but decide you are more passionate about one subject than the other, we will support you to swap to a single-honours course, which can be done before the start of your second year.

"My two subjects complement each other wonderfully: they both investigate important, bizarre and fascinating questions. They both satisfy my hunger for knowledge, constant questioning, and problem-solving."


BA Art and Philosophy graduate


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