Philosophy, Postgraduate Diploma | Birkbeck, University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
12020 GBP/year
6540 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London is ideal if you want to develop your philosophical interests without undertaking a full Master's programme. On this course, you will take all of the same taught elements as you would for our MA Philosophy, but you are not required to undertake an independent research project (dissertation).


The uniquely flexible Philosophy programme at Birkbeck, University of London, which may be studied in the evening or in the day, offers postgraduate teaching in central aspects of Western philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition. The curriculum is research-led, with specialist modules taught by leading figures in their fields, and with a consistent focus on the fostering of intellectual curiosity and the development of independent thinking.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go in to careers in management, politics, recruitment and journalism. Possible professions include further/higher education lecturer, secondary school teacher, or Civil Service fast streamer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a local government officer, marketing executive, or recruitment consultant.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  
  • Aristotle's Biology 
  • Art and Value 
  • Berkeley and Leibniz
  • Epistemology 
  • Ethics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can still apply through UCAS after this deadline, depending on the availability of places.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least a second-class honours degree (2:2), or equivalent, not necessarily in philosophy.

  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • The application form 
  • Your personal details
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Your personal statement
  • Referees
  • Statistical information
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12020 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12020 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6540 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Part-time home students: £3270 pa
  • Part-time international students: £6010 pa

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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