University of Essex
Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons)
University of Essex

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Not just quiet contemplation – philosophy has great practical value. You study philosophy and art history together in order to appreciate the relationships between them with a degree of critical awareness. Our unique approach enables you to develop skills which are now vital in a society dominated by the visual image and visual forms of communication.

You will develop the skills you need to transform your excitement about art, architecture and visual culture into the ability to uncover new insights about the material you study. Our particular strengths in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion and European philosophy will give you a solid grounding in philosophy.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 21 graduates of Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons) at University of Essex for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in History of Art.

Overall student satisfaction
80 /100
21 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons) at University of Essex

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons) 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 £22000 £22500 £27000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £26000 £17000 - £27500 £21000 - £32500

Salary of all UK Graduates of History of Art

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23083 £22997 £27846
25-75 percentile range £19088 - £27252 £17626 - £28899 £21013 - £36226

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Philosophy and Art History, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

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

Example below based on all graduates of Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons) at University of Essex

15% Administrative occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Sales occupations
10% Elementary occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

We are happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees Philosophy and Art History BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
EU £16850 year 1
International £16850 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees displayed are for 2021-22 entry. Fees will increase for each academic intake and each academic year of study.

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, 2024

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)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of Essex in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Essex in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #42 
    • #53 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #46 
    • #55 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #24 
    • #124 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]

See all university rankings of University of Essex

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About University of Essex

The University of Essex, is a public, research university where curiosity prevails and thinking outside the box isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. Based in the county of the same name, Essex, the main campus is located in Wivenhoe Park, near Colchester. It is home to the university’s three faculties, Humanities, Science & Health and Social Sciences, as well as a very large community of local rabbits, and other small fauna typical of the English countryside.

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Where is this programme taught

Colchester Campus
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