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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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Part-time University Qualifications in Philosophy

Undergraduate Certificates

We offer two Certificate in Philosophy courses at ICE. These normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other, and in any order. Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4, equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, and no prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Ethics * (2018/19) introduces some central topics in three areas – metaphysics, logic and the philosophy of language, and ethics. As a student, you will develop your ability to think carefully and rigorously about the questions raised, and the answers which have been proposed.

Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Political Philosophy * (2017/18) introduces key debates in philosophy of mind, epistemology (the area of philosophy devoted to questions about knowledge and belief), and social and political philosophy. Students will also study and interpret some important texts from the history of philosophy.

* These courses were previously called Certificate I and II, respectively.

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

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