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The Open University Philosophy

The Open University Philosophy, Welcome to the Philosophy Department at the Open University. We teach a range of undergraduate courses, leading to a BA (Humanities with Philosophy), a BA (Philosophy with Psychological Studies) or a BA (Politics, Philosophy and Economics). We also run a postgraduate programme, from MA through to PhD.

Why study Philosophy?

Philosophy is an extremely rewarding subject, which will develop your ability to reason logically, to argue effectively and to think both critically and creatively. To find out more about philosophy as a discipline, see some answers to the question: What is philosophy?

Philosophy is also an excellent choice if you study to improve your employment prospects. Follow this link to find out why the study of philosophy is valued so highly by employers and what careers you can expect to have after studying philosophy.

Undergraduate courses in ‘Philosophy’

If you are looking for postgraduate courses, see our A to Z of courses.

Honours degrees

  1. BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Philosophy)
  2. BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies
  3. BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  4. BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities
  5. BA/BSc (Honours) Open degree

Diplomas of Higher Education

  1. Diploma of Higher Education in Philosophy and Psychological Studies
  2. Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
  3. Diploma of Higher Education Open

Certificates of Higher Education

  1. Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
  2. Certificate of Higher Education Open


  1. Arts and languages Access module
  2. The arts past and present
    Level 1
  3. Voices, texts and material culture
    Level 1
  4. Exploring philosophy
    Level 2
  5. Key questions in philosophy
    Level 3

Contact Us

Study enquiries

To enquire about starting undergraduate and MA study please call +44 (0)300 303 5303 or contact us online.

If you are already a registered student you will have been assigned to your Student Support Team, who can help if you have questions or concerns about any aspects of your studies. See your StudentHome page for contact details.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

School Assistant: Sheree Barboteau
Tel: +44 (0)1908 654472


Members of Department would be pleased to consider invitations to talk to schools or informal philosophy groups. Individuals can be contacted directly, or enquiries directed to