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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    Description

    Our BA Philosophy with Modern Languages is a four-year course which provides a wide-ranging and flexible philosophy curriculum, embracing both analytic (Anglo-American) and Continental (modern European) trends of philosophical thought. It enables you to become proficient in one modern language (out of French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese).and you major in this language, taking it up to Mastery Level. Your third year is spent abroad in a country where the major modern language being studied is spoken. This means you experience, engage with and integrate into another culture, either by a period of study at a partner institution (in France, Germany, Italy Spain/Latin America and Portugal/Brazil) offering the opportunity to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment, or by working as a language assistant and thereby acquiring valuable vocational experience of working abroad

    You do not have to have studied a language at school in order to study it to Mastery level at Essex: our intensive (double) modules (in German, Italian and Spanish), combined with a summer vacation course in a country you are studying the language of, enables you to reach level B2 (advanced) in a year, and to reach Mastery level (C2) at the end of your final year. Portuguese can also be studied from scratch (via a Spanish-to-Portuguese conversion module) for those of you with A-level Spanish or equivalent knowledge. If you intend to take French as the major language, you must achieve at least grade C at A-level. All five languages can be studied from scratch as minor languages. In each language, we offer core modules at all six different levels recognised in the Common European Framework and also, for each language, we offer a range of thematic modules (on contemporary cinema, culture, society, art, or history) designed to increase your cultural awareness, as well as modules designed to develop professional skills.

    Languages open doors to other cultures, other ways of thinking, and work opportunities. Similarly, philosophical reflection is a powerful tool for understanding and criticising both our own practices and those of different cultures. The study of modern languages and the acquisition of language skills, together with the development of analytical and problem-solving abilities, which are typical of philosophy, will greatly broaden your perspective and put you in a good position for further studies or a professional career. You will be able to attain Mastery level (C2) in at least one of the two languages studied. We endeavour to equip you with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning. You will also be developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using your chosen language(s) as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation, and (where relevant higher-level modules are taken) developing a corresponding level of proficiency in translation, interpreting, and creative writing.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 11950 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September,October 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    The special characteristics of our course are flexibility and choice. In your first and second years you take a compulsory module and three optional modules, one must be a philosophy module and another must be a language option. During your final year all your modules are optional, two must be philosophy modules, one must be a language module and one can be a social science module. You will spend your third year abroad. There is a great deal of choice for these optional modules due to the extensive range of modules offered by our departments.
    With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
    We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
    Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

    Year 1

    Introduction to Philosophy;
    Introduction to Ancient Philosophy or one social science option;
    one language option; and
    one language option or one social science option

    Year 2

    Rationalists and Empiricists or one philosophy option;
    Ethics or one philosophy option;
    one language option; and
    one language option or one social science option

    Year 3

    Year abroad

    Year 4

    Two philosophy options;
    one language option; and
    one language option or one social science option


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS

    Requirements

    • A-levels: ABB-BBB
    • GCSE English: C
    • IB: 32-30 points (we consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis)
    • Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 6 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above) or achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 level three credits at merit (or above).
    • If French or Portuguese is taken as the major language, A-level French or Portuguese/Spanish (or equivalent) is required. German, Italian and Spanish can be studied as the major language either from scratch, via our intensive route, or via our post A-level route. All languages can be studied from scratch as the minor language.
    • If you are interested in studying a language for which you consider yourself to be a native speaker, please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

    English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.

    Funding

    For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

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