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Philosophy part 1

The Open University UK

9 months
3475 GBP/module
2250 GBP/module
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The Philosophy part 1 module from The Open University UK will introduce you to graduate-level philosophy through the study of four varied and interesting areas: the beauty of nature; a classic text in Ancient Philosophy – Plato’s Meno; the nature of consciousness; and issues surrounding global justice. 


Your tutor will guide you through issues such as conducting independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. There is also a comprehensive tutorial strategy that involves both tutors and module team authors. The Philosophy part 1 module from The Open University UK encourages independent thought and independent study using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. You can use this module to extend your studies in the subject, or to change to philosophy from another discipline.

Vocational relevance

Employers greatly value the skills taught in philosophy courses: the capacity to think well about important issues, to assess and formulate arguments, to communicate clearly and succinctly, and to be an independent and flexible thinker. In addition, this module also pays attention to presentation skills, and the skills underlying peer interaction and review.

Programme Structure

What you will study

  • Block 1: The aesthetics of nature .
  • Block 2: Plato’s Meno
  • Block 3: Consciousness
  • Block 4: Global justice

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent), in philosophy or a related subject. IF you have with a degree conferred without honours, or that does not contain at least 20% philosophy related subjects, or with relevant experience in this field, you may still be eligible to study this qualification, subject to adjudication by the qualification team.
  • Although the foundation module, MA Philosophy part 1, will bring you up to date with the latest ideas and approaches, it assumes you'll have the knowledge and skills usually acquired by pursing the subject at undergraduate level. If you are in any doubt about whether you possess these skills or knowledge, you could study one of our undergraduate philosophy modules first, Exploring philosophy (A222) or Key questions in philosophy  (A333), which are designed to introduce you to standard techniques of analysis and argument. You could also refer to the 'Preparatory work' reading indicated below.

Tuition Fee

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    3475 GBP/module
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    Based on the tuition of 3475 GBP per module during 9 months.
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    2250 GBP/module
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    Based on the tuition of 2250 GBP per module during 9 months.


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