Embark on a fascinating, interdisciplinary exploration of the human mind and behaviour, alongside artificial intelligence, and the broader ethical and theoretical implications it presents. The Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons) will help you to develop a range of practical skills, from coding to critical thinking, that are increasingly desired by employers across all sectors – all while satisfying your intellectual curiosity.
Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons)
The Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons) combines a major in Philosophy with dual minors in Data Science and Psychology.
Your major studies in Philosophy will investigate topics including ethics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of the mind, and the philosophy of science. The Data Science minor explores the techniques underpinning artificial intelligence including coding in Python, machine learning, and natural language processing, as well as theoretical and practical issues surrounding AI and data ethics. The Psychology minor surveys fundamental principles, concepts, experiments, and issues in the major areas of contemporary scientific psychology. Together, these elements provide a very broad and deep foundation in the study of naturally and artificially intelligent systems, and teach the skills required for life and work in the 21st century.
Upon completion of the Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons), students will have acquired breadth and depth of knowledge of both human and machine intelligence and the behaviour it gives rise to, and have developed a wide range of highly desirable transferable skills.
BA (Hons) Philosophy & Cognitive Science
Subject to Approval
98% (National Student Survey 2020)
20th September 2021 (see term dates)
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Where will this degree get you?
Graduates of the Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons) will have a wide range of employable skills that can be applied in a diverse variety of occupations. They may find work in the tech sector in areas such as digital humanities, computational social science, or data journalism. They may progress into the public sector, helping to provide regulatory oversight of artificial intelligence applications. They may progress to a one-year conversion programme and then become a practicing clinical psychologist. They may apply their understanding of human behaviour and communication skills in the commercial sector. They may work in the charitable, third sector. They may progress to further study in philosophy and/or the cognitive sciences. As is often the way for philosophy majors, they are likely to find themselves in positions that are interesting, valuable, and therefore enjoyable, and well-remunerated by mid-career. Read more
Career paths of a few recent graduates of the Philosophy major at NCH London include:
Jamie (Philosophy, 2015) graduated with a place at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, where he qualified as an accountant and progressed to the role of Audit & Accounts Senior. Frankie (Philosophy, 2015) is an Analyst at Kirkoswald Capital Partners. Raphael (Philosophy, 2015) is a trainee solicitor at Shearman Sterling LLP.
Miles (2016) started at CRBE as a Business Analyst after graduating and is currently Global Business Manager at CBRE. Matthew (2016) took an MSc Public Policy & Administration at the LSE and is now Coordinator For International Relations at the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, Israel. Meanwhile Thomas (Philosophy, 2016) is working on grass-roots educational projects in Athens.
Salisa (2017) is currently a Civil Servant at the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales.
Ruth (BA (Hons) Philosophy with Politics & International Relations 2018) is currently Policy Consultant & Researcher for Independent Higher Education.
Iona (BA (Hons) Philosophy with Economics 2019) graduated with a place on the Civil Service Fast Stream and is currently Rough Sleeping Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Val (BA (Hons) Philosophy with English, 2019) is currently studying for her Masters in Philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Teaching & learning
You will typically experience an average of 9 or more hours of high-quality contact time in each teaching week, in considerably smaller groups than are the norm for UK institutions at the undergraduate level. Read more
Your contact hours will include a mixture of teaching methods best suited to the subject matter and to achieve the learning outcomes for each individual course. Teaching formats include small group tutorials, seminars, and lectures of between 10 and 60 students for your degree courses.
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