PHILOSOPHY

Exploring the boundaries of what we can know, think and understand.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The BA programme in philosophy teaches you to question what many people take for granted. You learn how to reduce complex problems to their essence, and you learn to analyse and comprehend challenging philosophical argumentation.

Studying on the philosophy programme

The courses you follow as a BA philosophy student are based on lectures, classroom instruction and work in your study group. You work with the Western philosophical tradition through your readings of classical and contemporary texts on topics such as ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical anthropology and political philosophy.

Ethics, politics and logic

On the philosophy degree programme, you learn to question everything. You explore the nature of reality and the meaning of life, you investigate the fundamental concepts and methods of science, and you reflect on society’s fundamental values and ethics. You learn to assess the validity of arguments, thought patterns and concepts, and you investigate our conceptions of human nature and technology.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, you will be qualified for admission to a variety of different Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree programme in philosophy, which is a advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. This can lead to career opportunities in teaching and research, communication, analysis, administration or project management.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22230

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language) or Communication/IT at A level.

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language) or Communication/IT at A level.

Programme structure

There are two types of courses on the Bachelor’s degree programme in philosophy: practical philosophy and theoretical philosophy. Practical philosophy is concerned with how you as an individual ought to behave and act. You also learn about the different theories about how society ought to be organised. Theoretical philosophy is concerned with such branches of philosophy as epistemology, ontology and logic.  You also explore what it means to be human and gain an overview of the history of philosophy.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

Academic life on the philosophy programme

The lectures on the philosophy programme usually take place in a large lecture hall where your teacher reviews the assigned reading for your entire year group. Classroom instruction takes place in smaller groups. These smaller classes give you an opportunity to participate actively in discussions with your fellow students and practice giving presentations with guidance from older students. You are also assigned to a study group, where you discuss your reading and prepare presentations. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in philosophy. As you can see, you will be spending much of your time preparing for classes and lectures, and meeting with your study group. This is why philosophy is a full-time degree programme, even though you don’t necessarily have scheduled classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies. 

Monday:
8:00 -10:00 Classroom instruction with student teacher: Ethics
10:00-12:00 Lecture: Logic and Argumentation Theory
13:00-16:00 Classroom instruction with student teacher: History of Philosophy 1
16:00 - 18:00 Independent study

Tuesday:
8:00-13:00 Independent study
13:00-16:00 Lecture: History of Philosophy 1
16:00-18:00 Independent work on assignment in logic

Wednesday:
8:00-11:00 Lecture: Ethics
12:00-14:00 Classroom instruction with student teacher: Logic and Argumentation Theory
14:00-18:00 Independent study

Thursday:
8:00-13:00 Independent study
13:00-16:00 Lecture: History of Philosophy 1

Friday:
8:00-13:00 Study group
13:00-15:00 Independent study
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Social life on the philosophy programme

There are lots of academic and social associations you can participate in as a student on the BA programme in philosophy. 

The degree program committee for philosophy
If you’re interested in having an influence on your degree programme, you can join the degree programme committee for philosophy, which is responsible for promoting the academic and social interests of philosophy students at Aarhus University. 

Philosophy Students' Colloquium (FSK)
FSK is a lecture association where philosophy students can give talks about their projects. You’ll always find lively discussions, inspiration and a pleasant atmosphere 

Panta Rei
Panta Rei is Greek for ‘everything flows’. It’s also the name of the Friday bar for philosophy and history of ideas students, where you can end your week with cold drinks and good company. 

The Philosophical Classics Club (FKK)
FKK organises voluntary study groups where you can read works of philosophy and discuss them with your fellow students. 

Doxa
The name of the study magazine for philosophy students is Doxa. The magazine contains articles about philosophy - as well as lots of philosophical jokes. 

Eliten
The philosophy film club ‘Eliten’ (the elite) has declared war on mainstream film. Every Thursday, the club invites fellow students to hang out, drink coffee  watch out-of-the-ordinary films.  

Studying abroad

Doing a semester abroad is an excellent idea for students on the philosophy degree programme. Studying abroad allows you to improve your foreign language skills and learn another culture from the inside. During the last year of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

As a philosophy graduate, your career options depend a lot on what you’ve chosen to focus on during your studies, along with your choice of supplementary subject and Master’s degree programme. 

On the philosophy programme, you learn to present complex issues clearly and concisely. You learn to identify error and imprecision in argumentation, and you learn how to present arguments coherently and logically, which is useful in relation to many forms of problem-solving. Your knowledge of philosophical theories and their histories enables you to situate other peoples’ opinions in the appropriate context, and you learn to pose difficult philosophical questions and analyse philosophical issues. 

Graduates of the philosophy programme typically work in the educational sector, for example at upper secondary schools or folk high schools. Other career possibilities include working as a project manager, communication consultant or student counsellor.

Supplementary subjects

There are lots of subjects to choose from when deciding which supplementary subject to do in the last year of your Bachelor’s degree programme. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects other philosophy students have chosen: 

  • Supplementary subject in comparative literature
  • History
  • Supplementary subject in humanistic organisational development 

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in philosophy go on to take a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme: 

  • The Master’s degree programme in philosophy, which explores the topics you were introduced to at BA level in greater depth, and during which you develop your own unique approach to philosophy.
  • The Master’s degree programme in cognitive semiotics, which is an interdisciplinary programme that investigates how humans create meaning in language, science and art.
  • The Master’s degree programme in European studies, which gives you insight into the political, historical and cultural landscape of Europe.