Lancaster University

Lancaster University


The course provides students with an opportunity to study at postgraduate level even if they are not initially considering pursuing an entire MA programme. The course can be taken as a standalone qualification, where students can focus on a particular area, or they can progress onto the relevant MA programme. This programme aims to provide students with a secure knowledge of the major theories, concepts and issues relating to philosophy in a variety of intellectual traditions and historical and contemporary contexts. They will gain a systematic understanding of a range of debates and discussions raised by past and present approaches to the philosophical reflection. In addition, the PgCert will equip students with the necessary skills appropriate to evaluating, analysing and interpreting both academic and practitioner approaches to philosophy.

Entry requirements

A good 2nd Class degree, or equivalent, in any subject. Relevant professional experience may be considered in lieu of standard qualifications. Students not meeting the standard entry qualifications may be asked to write a 3,000 word essay to demonstrate their academic abilities. IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core module: what is philosophy?. In addition students will choose 2 optional modules from the range available in the department of politics, philosophy and religion.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via coursework.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 2,086 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgCert Full-time £ 4,733 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgCert Part-time £ 1,042 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster University Lancaster LA1 4YW North West

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01524 510880