3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB/A*BB/A*AC (full entry requirements)
September 2020 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2020/21)
£17,890 per year (2020/21)
Philosophy and Sociology complement each other, giving you a deeper understanding of human behaviour, social norms, morality, and the workings of the mind. You will study some of the greatest and most influential thinkers whilst exploring the relationship between self and society.
Taught by world-leaders in their fields, this exciting and challenging degree will cultivate valuable skills in critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, creative problem-solving and communication, equipping you for a wide range of careers.
Sociology was 1st in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 96% of the Philosophy Department's research activity was rated as 'internationally recognised' in the same review.
Both departments feature research-led teaching, ensuring you're taught by specialists in their research area.
There are chances to study abroad, from a year exchange to summer schools overseas.
Philosophy and Sociology appealed to me because of the range of topics covered throughout the three years.Beth, BA Philosophy/Sociology
Studying Philosophy is an engaging yet demanding activity that will challenge your thinking, giving you a greater understanding of your own nature and that of the world around you. In Sociology you will build on this by exploring issues such as globalisation, inequalities and social change and how these relate to individual and social identities.
Benefiting from the expertise of two large and diverse departments you have a wide range of options to choose from. We offer modules in all the central areas of Philosophy and Sociology and you can tailor your degree to reflect your own areas of interest. The modules on offer may change from year to year.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In first year we will ensure that you gain a firm grounding in Philosophy by teaching you how to study, think and write philosophically and develop your skills in reasoning and argument. We will introduce you to some of the central areas of Philosophy and challenge you to form your own opinions about the bigger questions. You'll explore the nature of morality and ethical systems, and be introduced to the language of logic. In Sociology, you will be introduced to core elements of the subject, including sociological methodology and key concepts. You'll be encouraged to think about a range of issues such as social class, race and ethnicity and popular culture, and you'll consider sociological theory.
Our current modules include:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In the second year you'll choose from Key Ideas modules which look in more depth at topics in theoretical philosophy (including mind, language, logic, metaphysics), value (including ethics, philosophy of art) and key figures and movements in the history of philosophy. Examples include the following 20-credit modules:
These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.
You can also choose from a range of Sociology modules - note that these will change year to year - that will challenge you to think critically about issues in contemporary society.
Current 30-credit modules include:
In the third year you can specialise further, choosing from a wide range of modules based in our latest research, and supported by subject experts enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests.
Course structure may vary in future years.
Our current students choose two Philosophy and two Sociology modules, then:
or a combination of:
Current 20-credit choices in Sociology include the following examples:
Current 20-credit choices in Philosophy include the following, among others:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
This course gives a great deal of flexibility in terms of the modules you may choose to study. You may choose to buy your own copies of texts, although course books will be available from the library, and online reading packs are available for most modules.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
As a student of Philosophy and Sociology, you need to be an active participant in your own learning, asking questions and evaluating your own thoughts, beliefs and responses. You will take part in discussions with your peers and academic staff and develop your knowledge and skills through:
Every member of staff has weekly feedback and advice time, and students are actively encouraged to use this opportunity for one-to-one contact and informal discussion.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||7-8 hours per week|
|Seminars||4-5 hours per week|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practise completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
You will be based in the departments of Philosophy and Sociology which are based on Campus West. You will be taught at a variety of locations across Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed by a combination of essays and examinations, critical literature reviews, exercises that test analytical skills, research methods exercises and the extended Sociology dissertation. We give feedback on your ideas in class, and provide written feedback on all your submitted work.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
Both the Philosophy and Sociology Departments are incredibly welcoming. Everyone I've spoken to, from lecturers to reception staff, has always been friendly and helpful.Jhansi, BA Philosophy/Sociology
Previous Philosophy and Sociology graduates have gone on to a range of careers including:
Studying Philosophy and Sociology develops skills highly sought after by employers including:
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|Core Maths||If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||Minimum overall score of 110|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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