Philosophy and Sociology BA (Hons)

UCAS code V5PS

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology covers a range of approaches. Sociology investigates the dynamics of the social world we live in. Philosophy is an in-depth study of the development of the Western intellectual tradition.

Philosophy seeks to understand, and particularly to question, ideas concerning the nature of reality, value and experience that play a pervasive role in understanding the world and ourselves. The philosophy discipline focuses on problematic concepts, such as existence, reason and truth, which occur in every sphere of human enquiry, but more specifically on problematic concepts that belong to particular areas of thought and practice, such as politics, economics, religion, science and ethics.

Special features

  • The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects gives you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
  • The degree can be studied full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two of these must be from the list of relevant subjects
  • Other humanities or Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will also be considered
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology from September 2020, with grades BBC:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules.

Two core Philosophy modules:

  • Thinking and writing for study, work and life
  • Problems in philosophy

Two core Sociology modules:

  • Understanding the social world
  • Making social lives

Plus two additional Humanities modules that are available as scheme options.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules.

Two Philosophy modules from the list below:

  • Knowledge, truth and understanding: introduction to contemporary philosophy of knowledge
  • The philosophy (Aristotle)
  • Logic and philosophy
  • Belief, culture and community

Two Sociology modules from the list below:

  • Sociological theory OR Beliefs, culture and community
  • Quantitative research methods

Plus two additional Humanities modules that are available as scheme options.

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following modules.

Three Philosophy modules from the list below:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Continental philosophy
  • Choice theory
  • Research project

Three Sociology modules from the list below:

  • Work and society
  • Sociology: contemporary Scottish issues
  • Gender, crime and justice

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in Philosophy or Sociology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Philosophy modules may include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Existential philosophy and literature

Sociology modules may include:

  • Insiders and outsiders in society
  • Visual research (subject to numbers)
  • Restorative justice
  • Understanding crime

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.


How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September 2019

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2018-192019-20*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2018-192019-20
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Philosophy and Sociology graduates are found working in almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Opportunities are available in arts-based areas like publishing, the media, journalism, advertising and teaching, through to computing and IT. 

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • local government and the civil service
  • advertising, marketing and public relations agencies
  • management consultancies
  • secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions
  • law firms
  • publishing companies
  • charities
  • banking and insurance companies
  • accountancy firms
  • recruitment agencies

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology to our other postgraduate courses, such as:

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