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PHILOSOPHY (POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 1 year Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £2800.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy is ideal if you want to develop a grounding in philosophy, but are not yet ready to commit to an MA. It is very well suited to people with busy schedules.

You will study the central philosophical questions - in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and the theory of knowledge - and have the opportunity to delve deeper into more specific philosophical topics, based on your own interests. You will also develop your ability to write clearly, think critically and argue philosophically about some of the deepest questions in the Western philosophical tradition.

The programme provides you with the chance to engage in seminar discussions with your fellow students and the opportunity to study with leading philosophers in their fields.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy is ideal if you want to develop a grounding in philosophy, but are not yet ready to commit to an MA. It is very well suited to people with busy schedules. You will study the central philosophical questions - in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and the theory of knowledge - and have the opportunity to delve deeper...

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Course Content

STANDARD' ROUTE

If you have studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can follow the 'standard' route, which involves choosing four specialist option modules from a wide range covering a number of philosophical topics.

'CONVERSION' ROUTE

If you haven't studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can choose to take a 'conversion' route through the programme. You take one compulsory double module, Introduction to Philosophy, which covers four core areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. This module meets two evenings a week. You then choose two specialist option modules.

CONVERSION ROUTE COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Introduction to Philosophy

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Ancient Philosophy (level 7, 15 credits)
  • Aristotle's Biology and Ethics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Art and Value (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Berkeley and Leibniz
  • Epistemology (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Ethics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Evolution and Philosophy
  • Fiction and Language
  • Kant and German Idealism (level 7, 15 credits)
  • Metaethics: the foundations of morality and ethical thought (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Metaphysics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Morality, Nature, and Evolution
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy and Gender (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy, Business and Society
  • Political Philosophy (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Propositions and Other Intentional Objects (Level 7, 15 Credits)
  • Social Epistemology (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • The Idea of Freedom
  • The Philosophy of Nietzsche
  • The Philosophy of Spinoza (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • The Power of Art: Historical Themes (Level 7, 15 credits)

STANDARD' ROUTE If you have studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can follow the 'standard' route, which involves choosing four specialist option modules from a wide range covering a number of philosophical topics. 'CONVERSION' ROUTE If you haven't studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can...

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£2800.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree (or equivalent), not necessarily in philosophy, and a sample of written work prior to interview.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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