BA Philosophy, Business and Ethics (2022)

Think deeply and critically about the big ideas behind the behaviours and values of people and organisations with our three-year BA Philosophy, Business and Ethics degree.

This course is offered jointly by the triple-accredited Henley Business School and the University of Reading’s Department of Philosophy. With a strong focus on business ethics, the programme will help you apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios, and its versatility will enhance your employability and help prepare you for your career after graduation.

During this course, you will:

  • gain a firm understanding of the practice, concepts, and theories of business management, as well as the skills and competencies that will help you apply them.
  • confront your deepest beliefs and assumptions in a philosophical way to inform you about current debates in philosophy. You’ll develop a sense of the significance of philosophical thinking in dealing with contemporary issues.
  • combine rigorous analysis of core philosophical and ethical theory with practical and real-world applications in business contexts.

The study of ethics forms an integral component of both the philosophical and business sides of the programme, preparing you to think through the ethical and commercial dilemmas that real-world decision-makers face.

About Henley Business School

Part of the University of Reading, Henley is one of the oldest business schools in the UK. It is among an exclusive group of business schools worldwide that hold triple accreditations for the quality of its teaching and research.

Its business programmes are ranked 5th in the UK for careers after 15 months (Guardian University Guide 2021, subject results for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’).

About the Department of Philosophy

Reading’s Department of Philosophy is in the top 125 in the world for History, Philosophy and Theology (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2022). We are ranked 7th in the UK for graduate propsects in Philosophy. (Complete University Guide 2023).

Your learning environment

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Your studies will include lectures, seminars, and practical workshops, and you’ll be assessed through a variety of coursework, examinations and class tests. Examples of coursework include essays and written reports.

During your first year, you’ll learn core philosophical ideas and the basic concepts and methods of critical thinking, basic logic, and the psychology of reasoning. Meanwhile, your business modules will provide a strong foundation in strategy, marketing, and organisational behaviour as well as either accounting or data analytics.

As you progress through the course, you’ll gain a deeper awareness of philosophical thinking, the skills of argument and presentation, and the methodology of philosophy. You’ll also explore the nature, origin and limits of human knowledge. You’ll study business ethics in depth, and have the opportunity to select from a range of other modules offered by Henley Business School.

You’ll also work with organisations on live projects – for example, projects linked to social responsibility. And in addition to your focus on philosophy, business, and ethics, you’ll have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional modules outside of your core subject areas.

Opportunities for study abroad and placements

You can choose to study this degree over four years, allowing you to spend your third year on a work placement or studying at one of our partner universities abroad.
Shorter placements and study abroad trips may also be available.

Think deeply and critically about the big ideas behind the behaviours and values of people and organisations with our three-year BA Philosophy, Business and Ethics degree.

This course is offered jointly by the triple-accredited Henley Business School and the University of Reading’s Department of Philosophy. With a strong focus on business ethics, the programme will help you apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios, and its versatility will enhance your employability and help prepare you for your career after graduation.

During this course, you will:

  • gain a firm understanding of the practice, concepts, and theories of business management, as well as the skills and competencies that will help you apply them.
  • confront your deepest beliefs and assumptions in a philosophical way to inform you about current debates in philosophy. You’ll develop a sense of the significance of philosophical thinking in dealing with contemporary issues.
  • combine rigorous analysis of core philosophical and ethical theory with practical and real-world applications in business contexts.

The study of ethics forms an integral component of both the philosophical and business sides of the programme, preparing you to think through the ethical and commercial dilemmas that real-world decision-makers face.

About Henley Business School

Part of the University of Reading, Henley is one of the oldest business schools in the UK. It is among an exclusive group of business schools worldwide that hold triple accreditations for the quality of its teaching and research.

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Its business programmes are ranked 5th in the UK for careers after 15 months (Guardian University Guide 2021, subject results for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’).

About the Department of Philosophy

Reading’s Department of Philosophy is in the top 125 in the world for History, Philosophy and Theology (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2022). We are ranked 7th in the UK for graduate propsects in Philosophy. (Complete University Guide 2023).

Your learning environment

Your studies will include lectures, seminars, and practical workshops, and you’ll be assessed through a variety of coursework, examinations and class tests. Examples of coursework include essays and written reports.

During your first year, you’ll learn core philosophical ideas and the basic concepts and methods of critical thinking, basic logic, and the psychology of reasoning. Meanwhile, your business modules will provide a strong foundation in strategy, marketing, and organisational behaviour as well as either accounting or data analytics.

As you progress through the course, you’ll gain a deeper awareness of philosophical thinking, the skills of argument and presentation, and the methodology of philosophy. You’ll also explore the nature, origin and limits of human knowledge. You’ll study business ethics in depth, and have the opportunity to select from a range of other modules offered by Henley Business School.

You’ll also work with organisations on live projects – for example, projects linked to social responsibility. And in addition to your focus on philosophy, business, and ethics, you’ll have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional modules outside of your core subject areas.

Opportunities for study abroad and placements

You can choose to study this degree over four years, allowing you to spend your third year on a work placement or studying at one of our partner universities abroad.
Shorter placements and study abroad trips may also be available.

Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we'll guarantee you a place even if you don't quite meet your offer. For details, see our firm choice scheme.

Typical offer

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BBB

International Baccalaureate

30 points overallincluding 4in standard level Mathematics

GCSE

Maths at grade 5 (B)

Extended Project Qualification

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma

DDM

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.

  • Learn more about our International Foundation programme

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with no component below 6.0

For information on other English language qualifications, please visit our international student pages.

Alternative entry requirements for International and EU students

For country specific entry requirementslook at entry requirements by country.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

  • Find out the English language requirements for our courses and our pre-sessional English programme
  • Modules

Sample modules:

  • Reason and Argument
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Business in Practice: Markets, Marketing and Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Social Responsibility in Action

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £9,250

New international students: £20,300

*UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes

UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Careers for BA Philosophy, Business and Ethics graduates

This programme has a strong focus on employability. In a changing and uncertain world, we believe that a critical philosophical grounding, together with business-oriented and personal skills, will equip you for future success.

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FAQs

What do you study in Philosophy and ethics? ›

Philosophy & Ethics involves learning about the Philosophy of Religion and Moral Philosophy (Ethics). Please note that the world religion that underpins this course is Christianity. You will study: The classical arguments for and against God's existence.

What do you study in Philosophy BA? ›

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy or B.A Philosophy is a three-year undergraduate programme in which the students are taught about the fundamental and general problems. In B.A. Philosophy, the students learn a great deal about these problems which are connected with language, mind, reason, values, knowledge and existence.

Is Philosophy good for BA? ›

Philosophy graduates can build their careers in Law, Health professions, Federal, State, Local Government, Science, Business, Information Technology, and other related sectors. Candidates who have the interest to undergo further study can do Masters or any other post-graduation.

Is a degree in Philosophy a BA or BS? ›

Philosophy graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The curriculum is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary study.

What jobs can you get in philosophy? ›

Careers in Philosophy
  • Law. Philosophy is one of the best, if not the best major to prepare you for law school. ...
  • Architecture and Art. ...
  • Teaching. ...
  • Publishing. ...
  • Public Relations. ...
  • Politics and Public Policy. ...
  • Religion and Ministry. ...
  • Business and Management.

Is philosophy an easy degree? ›

Readings for philosophy courses are generally not long, but they are difficult and challenging. You cannot expect to go through an assigned reading once and have an adequate grasp of it. Some students seem to thrive on the painstaking study required, while others simply don't have the patience for it.

What can I do after BA philosophy? ›

Some jobs available after completing a BA Philosophy course include:
  • Archivist.
  • Administrator.
  • Researcher.
  • Insurance Underwriter.
  • Lecture.
  • Social Worker.
  • Content Writer.
22 Jul 2022

How many subjects are there in BA philosophy? ›

BA Philosophy Syllabus
Semester 1Logic Ethics Basic Logical Concepts Symbolic Logic Informal Fallacies
Semester 5Indian Logic and Epistemology Philosophy of Language Epistemology and Metaphysics (Western) Ethics and Philosophy of Religion Optional Paper Karma and Rebirth
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23 Jul 2021

What are the subjects of philosophy? ›

There are four pillars of philosophy: theoretical philosophy (metaphysics and epistemology), practical philosophy (ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics), logic, and history of philosophy.

Can I do MBA after BA in philosophy? ›

The answer to this question is yes! You can pursue MBA after completing a bachelor's in any stream be it Arts, Commerce or Science. It is essential to get a minimum of 50% in the undergraduate degree to apply for various MBA entrance exams like – CAT 2020, GRE, GMAT, XAT, SNAP, etc.

Why is philosophy so hard? ›

It is hard because philosophical ideas and arguments themselves are so complex, so subtle and nuanced, and they rely on a web of understanding that reaches back more than two thousand years, past Hume and past Descartes, past Aquinas and Anselm all the way to Plato, Aristotle and Socrates.

What is the scope in philosophy? ›

(i) Scope refers to width and breadth, outlook, comprehensiveness, range of experience, purview, etc. (iii) The scope of philosophy can be understood by seeing the branches of philosophy. (iv) Broadly speaking there are mainly three branches are, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Axiology.

Is philosophy a useful degree? ›

Some surveys show that philosophy majors perform better on average than most of their peers on exams for law, medicine and other graduate schools. And research by the salary data site PayScale showed that philosophy majors rank in the top 100 of all academic fields for average mid-career salary, at $84,100.

Is philosophy better than psychology? ›

Neither subject is better than the other, both are good in their own way. Philosophy is the study of knowledge, values, asking questions on why we exist or why we do what we do, right and wrong, how to live, etc. It's a very theoretical subject.

What are the 4 types of degrees? ›

College degrees in order
  • Associate degree.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Master's degree.
  • Doctoral degree.
31 Mar 2022

Do philosophy majors make money? ›

While the starting salary is near the middle of all majors, the average mid-career salary of philosophy majors quickly rises to $81,200.00, outperforming Finance, International Relations, Marketing, Business Management, Communications, Nursing, Biology, Health Care Administration, and many others.

Do philosophers make money? ›

Contrary to popular belief, philosophers can make good money and earn their living with the skills they acquire during their study of philosophy. The most common profession pursued is that of a teacher or professor.

Can I become a lawyer with a philosophy degree? ›

Careers in law

You may think legal careers are predominantly the domain of graduates with a law degree, but in fact a philosophy degree can provide a good foundation for this career path.

What are the benefits of studying philosophy? ›

Philosophy majors learn how to think clearly and creatively about difficult, abstract problems, and the critical thinking skills they develop undoubtedly serve them in the fields of their choice after graduation.

Why should I study philosophy? ›

The study of philosophy enhances your ability to evaluate and resolve problems. It will help you to analyze concepts, definitions, arguments, and problems. It contributes to your capacity to organize ideas and issues, to deal with questions of value, and to extract what is essential from masses of information.

Is a bachelors in philosophy hard? ›

Philosophy is hard. Students find philosophy a difficult subject because it requires intellectual rigor, staying on top of challenging reading material, intense research, strong reasoning skills, analytical abilities, and being able to express your arguments through writing and debating. Philosophy is a broad subject.

How do I get a job with a philosophy degree? ›

If you're a philosophy major seeking an entry-level role, here are a few tips for your job search:
  1. Be open to internships, fellowships, and part-time roles to gain experience. ...
  2. Leverage your college experiences on your resume. ...
  3. Be prepared to talk about your transferable skills. ...
  4. Network, network, network!
16 Apr 2021

Which course is best after BA in philosophy? ›

Master's Degree after B.A. Philosophy Course:
  • Master of Arts in Gandhian Philosophy.
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy.
  • M.A Philosophy, Culture and Tourism.
  • Master of Arts in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy.
  • Master of Philosophy in Philosophy.
  • M. Phil. (Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy)
  • Master of Philosophy in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy.
  • MBA.
15 Mar 2022

How many years does it take to study philosophy? ›

In the US, the philosophy major is usually a four-year major. Although the degree will likely take four years to finish, it is common for philosophy departments to encourage undergraduate philosophy majors to pursue a second major.

Is there any degree in philosophy? ›

Philosophy degrees are all about asking big questions - the value of life, the basis of morality, the nature of the world around us.

Can I take psychology in BA? ›

Ans. BA in Psychology is a very popular course for 3-4 years, for people who are passionate about learning about human nature, behaviour, and Psychology. This course offers a wide range of job opportunities for candidates. Doing a BA in psychology will provide a wide range of career opportunities for students.

Where can I study philosophy in India? ›

Top Philosophy Universities in India 2022
  • IGNOU Delhi - Indira Gandhi National Open University. ...
  • MSU Baroda - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. ...
  • Christ University, Bangalore. ...
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata. ...
  • BHU Varanasi - Banaras Hindu University. ...
  • DU Delhi - University of Delhi.

Does philosophy have math? ›

Of course, mathematics is most clearly applicable to philosophy where it intersects with the mathematically hard sciences, like physics. Much in physics, for example, depends upon clearly understanding the scope, power, and impact of Noether's (first) theorem, named for Emmy Noether.

Is philosophy a good subject? ›

It teaches critical thinking, close reading, clear writing, and logical analysis; it uses these to understand the language we use to describe the world, and our place within it. Different areas of philosophy are distinguished by the questions they ask.

What are the 4 branches of philosophy? ›

The four main branches of philosophy are metaphysics, epistemology, axiology, and logic. Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that considers the physical universe and the nature of ultimate reality. It asks questions like, What is real?

Which MBA is best for BA students? ›

MBA after BA: List of Programs
  • MBA in Marketing.
  • MBA in Finance.
  • MBA in Insurance.
  • MBA in Insurance & Risk Management.
  • MBA in Operations.
  • MBA in Productions.
  • MBA in Healthcare Management.
  • MBA in International Business.
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Is it worth doing MBA after BA? ›

If you're wondering if you can develop a successful career in Business Management after completing a BA program, the answer is yes. An MBA is most sought after in the worldwide professional arena, and it is the best option for any student who wants to be successful in life.

Is MBA difficult for arts students? ›

Re: Is doing MBA tough for Arts student? It totally depends your learning capability. MBA is a course which is related very much to the real world so if you can correlate the MBA study and the real world entities, then your art background will not affect your MBA program.

Who is the most difficult philosopher to understand? ›

Hegel, Bertrand Russell observed, is “the hardest to understand of the great philosophers.” Hegel would not have liked very much that Russell had to say about his philosophy in A History of Western Philosophy (1945).

Is physics harder than philosophy? ›

From a difficulty perspective, studying physics is significantly harder than studying something like philosophy. Therefore, if you want to approach both aspects, it's safe to say that your will need to invest longer time in the study of physics.

Is philosophy a good career in India? ›

Students can readily get jobs after MA Philosophy in India. They can work as Archivists, Administrators, Researchers, Interviewers, Student Affairs Manager, Insurance underwriters, lecturers, Social Worker, Content Writer,s, etc.

How popular is philosophy major? ›

A site called Match College lists philosophy as the 89th most popular major. It comes in just after “Baking and Pastry” and “Respiratory Therapy,” which is perfect, because if true I will need to take some deep breaths and console myself with a piece of cake. At least philosophy has more majors than engineering.

How many people graduate with a philosophy degree? ›

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.59%, from 334,432 in 2019 to 343,099 in 2020. The largest single share of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates go on to work as Clergy (10%).

Which university has the best philosophy program? ›

Here are the best colleges with a Philosophy Major
  • Princeton University.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Harvard University.
  • Stanford University.
  • Yale University.
  • University of Chicago.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • University of Pennsylvania.

How do you know if philosophy is right for you? ›

If you like asking and pondering hard questions, philosophy is for you. If you want to get better at analytical problem-solving, philosophy is for you. If you are intrigued by understanding how others think, philosophy is for you. If you seek to understand and communicate complex ideas, philosophy is for you.

Why do I like philosophy? ›

Philosophy allows people to open their minds and discover what is truly important in life. Therefore, it is accurate to state that people who do not involve themselves in philosophical thought cannot be truly happy. Philosophy is necessary to live a 'good' life. Philosophy is the enlightenment of our human condition.

What is a major in philosophy? ›

Philosophy majors explore intellectual, political, and social theories about human existence and interaction. Studying philosophy builds critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. By learning to analyze and solve problems, philosophy majors can succeed in business, education, and technology careers.

What is a 2 year degree called? ›

An associate degree is a two-year degree typically offered at community colleges, technical colleges, and career colleges. However, some four-year universities offer them as well. Examples of some associate degrees include Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS).

What is a 3 year degree called? ›

An associate degree is an undergraduate degree awarded after a course of post-secondary study lasting two to three years. It is a level of qualification above a high school diploma, GED, or matriculation, and below a bachelor's degree.

What is the highest paid degree? ›

Highest Paying Jobs With a Bachelor's Degree
RankMajorMid-Career Pay
Rank:1Petroleum EngineeringMid-Career Pay:$187,300
2Operations Research & Industrial EngineeringMid-Career Pay:$170,400
3Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)Mid-Career Pay:$159,300
4Interaction DesignMid-Career Pay:$155,800
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What can you do with philosophy in Little Alchemy 2? ›

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Is philosophy a level hard? ›

A strong pass in Philosophy is worth a lot in academic terms. Indeed, A Level Philosophy is recognised by top universities as one of the most intellectually challenging Further Education

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What is the purpose of studying philosophy? ›

The study of philosophy enhances your ability to evaluate and resolve problems. It will help you to analyze concepts, definitions, arguments, and problems. It contributes to your capacity to organize ideas and issues, to deal with questions of value, and to extract what is essential from masses of information.

Is philosophy a good degree to have? ›

A philosophy degree can provide a good foundation for careers in teaching at all levels. This is mainly because you will have developed excellent communication and critical thinking skills throughout your degree, which will be extremely desirable in a teaching career.

How do you make a philosophy in alchemy? ›

Recipes
  1. Human + Story.
  2. Human + Idea.
  3. Egg + Chicken.

Can you make philosophy in little alchemy? ›

Making Philosophy In Little Alchemy 2

Philosophy is also used to grasp people's relationships with each other and the world. To make philosophy in Little Alchemy 2, we have selected three recipes for you. We have divided these recipes into simple steps so that you can quickly make Philosophy.

Why is philosophy so difficult? ›

It is hard because philosophical ideas and arguments themselves are so complex, so subtle and nuanced, and they rely on a web of understanding that reaches back more than two thousand years, past Hume and past Descartes, past Aquinas and Anselm all the way to Plato, Aristotle and Socrates.

Is philosophy a soft subject? ›

Philosophy is not and never was, a soft subject. The application of logical thought is paramount to the subject and something A level students begin at 16. The process of formal argument, with a coherent structure will help an individual in any stage of their life.

How do you pass philosophy? ›

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Who is the father of philosophy? ›

Definition. Socrates of Athens (l. c. 470/469-399 BCE) is among the most famous figures in world history for his contributions to the development of ancient Greek philosophy which provided the foundation for all of Western Philosophy. He is, in fact, known as the "Father of Western Philosophy" for this reason.

How is philosophy applied in business? ›

A business philosophy can serve as a roadmap for organizations, helping the executives and employees understand the goals and values they are continually working towards. A business philosophy helps employees work as effectively as possible. It also encourages them to offer the best possible customer service.

Where can I study philosophy? ›

  • New York University (NYU) New York City, United States. ...
  • Rutgers University–New Brunswick. New Brunswick, United States. ...
  • University of Pittsburgh. ...
  • University of Oxford. ...
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) ...
  • University of St Andrews. ...
  • The Australian National University. ...
  • King's College London.

How long is a BA in philosophy? ›

A bachelor's degree in philosophy requires about 120 credits and takes about four years to complete.

What jobs can you get with a philosophy and ethics a level? ›

Selection of jobs using the subject Philosophy & Ethics
  • Aid worker.
  • Barrister.
  • Civil Service administrative officer.
  • Civil Service executive officer.
  • Editorial assistant.
  • Further education lecturer.
  • Higher education lecturer.
  • Human resources officer.

Do philosophers get paid? ›

The Highest Paid Areas for Philosophy Professors – An average of $81,078 in San Francisco, California – which is fifty percent more than the average income.

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