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Philosophy courses

Studying a philosophy course at The Open University means doing philosophy. In practice, that means understanding philosophical issues and arguments, taking account of opposing points of view, communicating complex ideas clearly and precisely, while developing your own views. Choose from our fascinating range of philosophy courses below.

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Philosophy

Degrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years

Philosophy

Diplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years

Philosophy

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Philosophy with The Open University?

Philosophy seeks to address fundamental questions about ourselves and the world we inhabit, through rational inquiry and argument. Central concerns of philosophy include ethics, politics, the human mind, art, religion and science.

The benefits of studying philosophy with us are:

  • Flexibility to combine your study of philosophy with politics, economics, psychology religious studies, and many arts and humanities subjects.
  • A range of qualifications which enable you to study philosophy alongside other, complementary disciplines, deepening your understanding.
  • Highly regarded study materials that address challenging questions in an engaging and accessible way.
  • Opportunities to hone your skills in communication, analysis and critical thinking, while engaging with controversial questions and contrasting views.
  • Teaching that is directly informed by our internationally recognised research.

Careers in Philosophy

The discipline of philosophy is highly regarded by employers as they appreciate graduates’ communication skills, clear thinking about abstract and practical matters, and the skills vital to effective decision-making.

Our range of courses in philosophy can help you start or progress your career as a:

  • Journalist
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Business Manager

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Philosophy modules

All Philosophy courses

Browse all the Philosophy courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Philosophy courses

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