The University of Winchester
Philosophy BA (Hons)
The University of Winchester

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 20 graduates of Philosophy BA (Hons) and other courses in Philosophy at The University of Winchester for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Philosophy.

Overall student satisfaction
82 /100
20 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Philosophy at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £16500 £24000
25-75 percentile range £17500 - £25000 £13000 - £23000 £16500 - £27500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Philosophy and Religious Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25017 £23533 £28944
25-75 percentile range £21008 - £30017 £17883 - £30634 £21303 - £39053

Course Description

  • Focus on values and beliefs to deepen your understanding of the specific needs of individuals and communities within local and global societies
  • Learn the highly transferable skills of speaking and writing clearly and convincingly along with the capacity for independent thinking
  • Study one of the oldest university subjects
  • Learn from leading international thinkers across the campus on a wide range of questions relating to your course
  • Gain real-world work experience as a part of your degree programme by volunteering for a placement with a range of organisations, from charities to think tanks

Philosophy is arguably the oldest university subject and has the widest field, with philosophers asking fundamental and important questions about values, culture, science, religion and society. As such Philosophy sits at the heart of any university, engaging with and enriching other programmes. In fact, at Winchester, Philosophy has a special role pledged to pioneering values-driven education and asking big questions about human existence.

If you’re keen to acquire the tools of logic and reason to think rigorously and defend your own position clearly around these questions, then our dynamic three-year programme is a great place to start. We actively encourage critical reflection and debate, and you can study a range of core philosophical areas such as logic, epistemology, philosophy of language and aesthetics.

At Winchester, you study the grand narrative of the philosophical tradition, from ancient Greece to the world of existentialism and post-modernity. Each year you analyse the meaning and significance of classic philosophical works from thinkers as diverse as de Beauvoir, Aquinas, Fanon and Aristotle.

In analysing the texts produced by great intellects, you grow as a writer, debater and thinker. And it’s not all about heavyweight thinkers – you have the chance to explore philosophical ideas in everyday life: for example, how films or art help us to explore the big questions.

In Year 1, you begin by studying modules in Philosophy that are designed to develop your study skills and enhance your confidence in critical writing and reading. Among others, these include Ethics and Religion, Philosophy in the Ancient World, Paradoxes and Puzzles, God, Soul and the World in Early Modern Thought, and Introduction to Political Philosophy.

In Year 2, core modules include Thinking with the Earth, Research Methods, Kant and Copernican Revolution, and Nietzsche, Freud and Atheism. In your final year you focus on a Dissertation and core modules in Phenomenology and Existentialism, and Contemporary Philosophy.

In Years 2 and 3, you build a profile of options around your philosophical studies to reflect your own academic interests. A wide range of optional modules include Bioethics, Christianity, Race and Colonialism, Questions in Metaphysics, and Religion, Ethics and War.

You leave the University of Winchester with a degree that shows you have an understanding of people and communities, not just books.

Graduates enter a wide range of careers. Some students arrive with destinations in mind, including teaching (philosophy, religion or ethics), journalism, social work and academia, while others discover their vocation during the degree course. Other potential careers include working for NGOs and charities, where ethical issues are paramount, and employment in both the public and private sectors.

Whatever your career plans are, this is a degree that develops you as an independent thinker, a close observer of society and a collaborative problem solver – that gives you lots of options.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Philosophy BA (Hons) at The University of Winchester

25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Media Professionals
15% Finance Professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Elementary occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Customer service occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

IELTS (Academic) 6

An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Philosophy, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Philosophy BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £16700 year 1
International £16700 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a publicly funded university, formally affiliated with the Anglican Christian faith, but they make it clear that they accept students from all faiths, or even none at all. As an educational institution, they pointedly disassociate themselves from the anti-intellectualism sometimes present in religious sectors, and instead seek to promote critical thought and intellectually robust students. The university’s primary campus, King Alfred, is situated close to Winchester city centre.

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