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BA Philosophy and Sociology - 2025 entry

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code VL53
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2025
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Philosophy
Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Typical offer

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A-Level: AAB
IB: 34/665
BTEC: DDD

Contextual offers

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30/555
BTEC: DDM

Overview

  • Combine the complementary disciplines of Philosophy and Sociology, taking differing perspectives on the human condition
  • You’ll learn and apply analytical, philosophical skills to the study of a variety of older and newer sociological questions, as well as many contemporary social processes
  • Our broad range of optional modules in your second and third years gives you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests and develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics
  • The Philosophy student society will give you the chance to make friends, attend socials and seminars and hear from guest speakers
  • Get ready for your future career by developing a range of skills valued by a wide range of employers from the media to teaching and the public, private and charity sectors

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Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 10 in the UK for Philosophy

8th in The Complete University Guide 2025

Opportunities to study abroad

88% of graduates in or due to start employment or further study fifteen months after graduation

Based on full-time, first degree, UK domiciled graduates, HESA Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21

Commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAB n/a
IB 34/665 n/a
BTEC DDD n/a
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Access to HE 30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade N/A
T-Level Distinction N/A
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30/555
BTEC: DDM

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other accepted qualifications

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English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

Course content

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of philosophical and sociological theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

 

 

Compulsory modules

105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules.

Sociology
You must take the 60 credits of core stage 1 modules

Philosophy
a - You must take 3 of the 4 core stage 1 modules listed below

CodeModule Credits
SOC1000 Contemporary Society: Themes, Perspectives and Case Studies 30
SOC1001 Social Analysis 30
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 [See note a above]15
PHL1002B Knowledge and Reality 2 [See note a above]15
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 [See note a above]15
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis [See note a above]15

Optional modules

Philosophy
Choose one 15 credit option module

CodeModule Credits
PHL Stage 1 CH Philosophy option modules 2023-4
PHL1004 Philosophical Problems 1 15
PHL1007 Philosophical Reading 1 15
PHL1009 Philosophies of Art 15
PHL1010 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 15
PHL1013 Philosophy of Morality 15
PHL1112 Philosophy of Film 15

60 credits of compulsory modules (30 credits of Philosophy and 30 credits of Sociology), 30 credits of optional modules

In the second year you will advance your grasp of philosophical and sociological knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

 

Compulsory modules

Philosophy
b - You must choose 2 modules from the list below

Sociology
c - You must choose at least 30 credits of core modules must be chosen from the list below

CodeModule Credits
PHL2010A Philosophy of Mind 1 [see note b above]15
PHL2043 Philosophical Research [see note b above]15
PHL2015 Body and Mind [see note b above]15
PHL2016 Metaphysics [see note b above]15
PHL2018 Philosophy of Language [see note b above]15
PHL2118 Moral agency in social context [see note b above]15
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology [see note c above]30

Optional modules

Philosophy
Choose one 15 credit option module

Sociology
Choose up to 30 credits of option modules if less than 60 credits of Sociology core chosen above.

CodeModule Credits
PHL Stage 2 CH Philosophy option modules 2023-4
PHL2013 Philosophy of Social Science 15
PHL2021 Symbolic Logic 15
PHL2022 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15
PHL2026 Philosophy of Science 15
PHL2038 The Self 15
PHL2040 Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Communicative Capitalism 15
PHL2041 Feminist Philosophy: Gender, Race and Class 15
PHL2042 Philosophical Frontiers 15
PHL2045 Aesthetics 15
PHL2052 Epistemology 15
PHL2053 History of Philosophy 15
PHL2054 Philosophy of Psychiatry 15
PHL2056 The Nature of Normativity 15
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15
PHL2111 The Deep Past, History and Humanity 15
PHL2114 Aristotle's Ethics 15
PHL2117 Philosophy and Psychedelics 15
PHL2119 Animal Minds and Animal Ethics 15
PHL2120 Philosophy and Sociology of Race 15
PHL2123 Philosophy of Medicine 15
PHL2126 Mind and World in Contemporary Japanese Philosophy 15
PHL2127 Hidden Voices in Early Modern Philosophy 15
PHL2046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society 30
PHL2096 Cyborg Studies 15
SOC Stage 2 CH Sociology option modules 2023-4
SOC2009 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1 15
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC2037 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15
SOC2038 On Violence 15
SOC2039 Sociology of Family and Gender 15
SOC2050 Knowing the Social World 15
SOC2052 Environments in Public 15
SOC2063 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15
SOC2068 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15
SOC2069 Crimes of the Powerful 15
SOC2098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15
SOC2085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15
SOC2086 Addiction 30
SOC2087 Disability and Society 15
SOC2088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15
SOC2097 Environment and Society 15
SOC2107 Culture and Wellbeing 15
SOC2101 Police and Policing 15
SOC2104 Victimology 15
SOC2110 Consumption and Society 15
SOC2116 Sociology and Demography of Religion 15
SOC2121 Cybercrime 15
SOC2122 Digital Society 15
SOC2126 Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice 15
SOC2134 Emotions, the Body, and the Social 15
SOC2135 Forensic Cultures 15
SOC2136 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15
SOC2064 Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Communicative Capitalism 15
SOC2127 Philosophy and Sociology of Race 15
SOC2046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society 30
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15
SOC2114 Anthropology of the State 15
SOC2062 How Organisations Work: Ethnography in Institutions 15
SOC2103 Senses and Society 15
SOC2129 Climate Change in Global and Local Perspectives 15
SOC2130 When Things Fall Apart: Social Infrastructures 15
SOC2131 Social Media, Disinformation, and Authoritarianism 15
SOC2133 The Anthropology of Prisons 15

Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

Compulsory modules

CodeModule Credits
SSI3999 Year Abroad 120

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Philosophy or Sociology Dissertation
d - Students must choose one of the two dissertation modules

CodeModule Credits
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation [see note d above]30
SOC3040 Dissertation [see note d above]30

Optional modules

If you choose a Philosophy dissertation, you choose a further 30 credits of Philosophy option modules, and 60 credits of Sociology option modules.

If you choose a Sociology dissertation, you choose a further 30 credits of Sociology option modules, and 60 credits of Philosophy option modules.

CodeModule Credits
PHL Final Stage CH Philosophy option modules 2023-4
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15
PHL3038 The Self 15
PHL3078 Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Communicative Capitalism 15
PHL3079 Feminist Philosophy: Gender, Race and Class 15
PHL3080 Philosophical Frontiers 15
PHL3045 Aesthetics 15
PHL3052 Epistemology 15
PHL3053 History of Philosophy 15
PHL3054 Philosophy of Psychiatry 15
PHL3056 The Nature of Normativity 15
PHL3060 Philosophy of Emotion 15
PHL3111 The Deep Past, History and Humanity 15
PHL3113 Practical Ethics 15
PHL3114 Aristotle's Ethics 15
PHL3117 Philosophy and Psychedelics 15
PHL3118 Animal Minds and Animal Ethics 15
PHL3119 Philosophy and Sociology of Race 15
PHL3122 Philosophy of Medicine 15
PHL3125 Mind and World in Contemporary Japanese Philosophy 15
PHL3126 Hidden Voices in Early Modern Philosophy 15
PHL3046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society 30
PHL3096 Cyborg Studies 15
SOC Final Stage CH Sociology option modules 2023-4
SOC3147 Power and Domination 15
SOC3035 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15
SOC3002 On Violence 15
SOC3108 Sociology of Family and Gender 15
SOC3117 Environments in Public 15
SOC3121 Policy Analysis in Criminology 15
SOC3126 Race, Ethnicity and Criminalisation 15
SOC3127 Crimes of the Powerful 15
SOC3098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15
SOC3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15
SOC3086 Addiction 30
SOC3087 Disability and Society 15
SOC3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15
SOC3097 Environment and Society 15
SOC3107 Culture and Wellbeing 15
SOC3101 Police and Policing 15
SOC3104 Victimology 15
SOC3110 Consumption and Society 15
SOC3118 Sociology and Demography of Religion 15
SOC3129 Cybercrime 15
SOC3130 Digital Society 15
SOC3134 Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice 15
SOC3142 Emotions, the Body, and the Social 15
SOC3143 Forensic Cultures 15
SOC3145 Deprivation of liberty: Imprisonment and beyond 15
SOC3144 Security, Society, and Algorithms 15
SOC3146 Forensics in Policing 15
POL3299 Russian Politics and Society 15
SOC3122 Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School and Communicative Capitalism 15
SOC3135 Philosophy and Sociology of Race 15
SOC3046A The Holocaust, Genocide and Society 30
SOC3096 Cyborg Studies 15

Course variants

UCAS code: VL5H

Our four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year abroad, studying with one of our many partner universities.

Why Study Abroad?

Living and studying in a different country is an exciting experience that broadens your academic and cultural horizons, as well as giving you the opportunity to widen your circle of friends. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all key qualities that employers are looking for in today’s competitive employment environment.

Where can I Study Abroad?

We have partnership arrangements with many prestigious institutions across the globe. Exactly where you can apply to study will depend on the subjects you are studying at Exeter. For a full list please visit the Study Abroad website.

Does it count towards my degree?

Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter. If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year, your time abroad will count toward your final degree. Please refer to your College Study Abroad co-ordinator for further details.

How does it affect my tuition fee and funding?

For the year that you spend studying abroad you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter, but nothing to your host university – for more information visit our fees pages. You will continue to receive a maintenance loan if you are eligible for this whilst on your Study Abroad year.

UCAS code: VL5J

Our four-year ‘with Employment Experience’ degree, offers you the possibility of spending your third year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements within the UK as part of your degree.

Why choose to include Employment Experience?

Undertaking graduate-level work during your degree unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. A work placement will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate level skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

Where will I do my work placement?

The sector you choose to work within is very much your choice as you will be responsible for finding and organising your placement. We will provide plenty of guidance and support during your first and second years which will prepare you to research and apply for placements. Ultimately, the university will give final approval to your placement to make sure you have a valuable experience.

How does it affect my tuition fees and funding?

For your ‘Year In Industry’ you will pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to Exeter – for more information visit our fees pages. If you were previously eligible, you will continue to receive a maintenance loan whilst on your year of work placement/s.

Find out more

Visit our website to learn more about employment experience opportunities.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,700 per year

Scholarships

The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and scholarships

Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods and encourage you to develop your writing and presentation skills in a supportive atmosphere:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Project work
  • One-to-one sessions
  • Small group tutorials
  • Independent study

You will also have access to personal and subject tutors who will give you the individual help and guidance you need to succeed.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Practical assignments

You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

Optional modules outside of this course

Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.

Proficiency in a second subject

If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.

  • A Foreign Language
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Social Data Science

Find out more about proficiency options

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Your future

As a Philosophy and Sociology graduate you will develop a range of professional, academic and personal skills that are good preparation for a number of careers including in the media, public sector, legal profession, business and management.

  • Analytical, critical and independent thinking
  • Independent research
  • Discussion and group work
  • Collecting, assessing and presenting evidence
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Articulating ideas and arguments
  • Organising, planning and time management

Career paths

The broad range of transferable skills gained on a Philosophy and Sociology degree enable graduates to pursue further study or employment in a wide range of careers including:

  • Teaching and research
  • Local or national government
  • The Civil Service
  • Business and finance
  • Charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the UK and abroad
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Management and administration

Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award

Many of our students participate in the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage you to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers.

The Career Zone also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

 

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