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What is the nature of reality? What is knowledge? Do we have minds? What does it mean to to be a person? How should human beings be treated? When, if ever, is it permissible deliberately to harm other people? What is it to act freely, and do we ever have true freedom? If you enjoy thinking about these sorts of questions, then a part-time Philosophy course at ICE could be for you.

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Undergraduate Certificate

Certificate in Philosophy: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Political Philosophy Register Interest

What is knowledge? How does it differ from mere belief, or a lucky guess? Do we have minds? Can thoughts and sensations be identified with states of the brain? How should human beings be treated? When, if ever, is it permissible to deliberately harm other people? What is it to act freely, and do we ever have true freedom? 

This Certificate course will help you to find answers to these and other questions. You will engage with some key debates in the history of philosophy, as well as in contemporary discussions in the philosophy of mind, and you will be given the opportunity to reflect on the current socio-political trends whilst examining the pivotal developments in modern social and political philosophy.

Undergraduate Diploma

Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy Apply Now

This Diploma course is taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. Diplomas are open entry, meaning that you can begin your study of history of art at Diploma level, although background knowledge at Certificate level is recommended.

Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Register Interest
Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Register Interest

Our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas are research-based courses (FHEQ level 6), which give you the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your field. You will be introduced to a research community and will begin to forge an identity as a researcher in your own right.

Postgraduate Certificate

Certificate in Philosophy - new for 2020 Apply Now

Short and online courses in Philosophy

You can view our short and online courses in Philosophy here

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

Philosophy Tutors

Dr Alex Carter

Alex Carter is ICE’s Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Philosophy. He has over five years of teaching experience in ethics, history of philosophy and philosophy of religion. Alex's ongoing research interests include the theology of Simone Weil and Ludwig Wittgenstein's ethical philosophy.

Philosophy tutors

Philosophy courses at ICE are taught by tutors whose work spans a wide range of areas. Our current tutors’ interests include (to take a few examples) ancient philosophy, philosophy of religion, the nature of time, emotional engagement with the arts, history of philosophy, personal identity, relationships between literature and philosophy of mind, and the nature of communication. Find out more.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

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