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Graduate Diploma Philosophy

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Full time | University of York | 9 months | 26-SEP-22

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9 months

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Graduate Diploma

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Course Summary

On this course you'll engage with key issues at the centre of contemporary debates and gain up-to-date knowledge of philosophy across a broad range of topics.

This course is intended to provide an opportunity for those with no background in Philosophy to do advanced work in the subject and to obtain an Honours-level qualification in it. It's ideal for those wishing to go on to study for the MA in Philosophy as it provides you with the essential grounding needed for this course.

The first part of the course will provide you with knowledge of important topics in Philosophy and you'll develop essential skills to engage critically with those topics. The second part of the course will give you experience in applying research skills to a well-defined problem under the guidance of an expert in the area. To achieve this, you will undertake the exciting and challenging task of preparing a written project based on your own independent research. You'll be supervised by a member of staff throughout to ensure that you remain on track and develop your ideas in the right direction.

Assessment and feedback

Your work will generally be assessed as follows:

  • you'll write a 4,000-word essay for most of your modules including the project
  • you'll be assessed by exam and essay for the Reason and Argument module
  • You will also receive assignments throughout your course which will provide constant feedback on your development and help prepare you for your assessments.

Careers and skills

Studying Philosophy develops skills that are highly sought after by employers and transferable to many different careers. Our graduates have gone on to roles in marketing, education, finance, IT, the charity sector, tourism, and leisure industries, as well as into academia. This course is also ideal preparation if you wish to go on to study the MA in Philosophy.

Career opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Local government officer
  • Policy officer
  • Social researcher
  • Business analyst


This module introduces some key concepts and skills that are widely used in philosophy. We will consider the ways in which formal logic can be applied to understanding and evaluating arguments and claims expressed in everyday language.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent.