The programme provides students with an intellectual training in the disciplines of History and Philosophy, which are mutually enriching subjects. Its key premise is that understanding the present (and anticipating the future) requires the ability to study and interpret the past and to appreciate how the tools of historical inquiry and the insights of philosophical theory combine to illuminate human societies, including those of the contemporary world. The study of History at Queen's spans the period from early Greece and the Roman Empire to the twentieth century, as well as providing modules on Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. The study of Philosophy enables students to learn about cutting-edge debates on ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge and political philosophy, as well as studying some of the key thinkers in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Mill and Marx. The programme is designed to equip students with a range of skills which together foster the ability to practise self-motivated learning and increase the capacity to undertake independent learning in a progressive way.
History and Philosophy Degree highlights
Expert History staff offer students a variety of exciting modules with a wide chronological and geographical focus that ensure the development of transferable skills.
- Study Abroad: students have study opportunities in other European universities, through our Erasmus programme, and also in the USA.
- Placements: internships have been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.
World Class Facilities
- History - Top Ranking: History at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 150 History departments in the world for 2014.Research-led Teaching: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that History at Queen's is producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen's in the top 10 of UK history departments. The School hosts many research seminars, conferences and lectures, including the annual highlight of the Wiles lecture series.Philosophy - Curriculum: we have particular strengths in the areas of applied ethics and political philosophy, and unusually amongst UK universities - offer teaching in scholastic philosophy.
- There are active student-run Philosophy and History Societies. The School is also home to the Belfast branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, which organises regular talks and seminars by distinguished visiting philosophers.
Adrian Downey, Northern Ireland, BA Philosophy Graduate Currently studying for a MSc by Research
Queen's takes the employability of its students very seriously, providing tailored careers advice throughout a student's degree. We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers. In addition, the School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation.
Studying for a degree in History and Philosophy at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by local, national and international employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including History and Philosophy. Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the public and voluntary/community sectors, significant numbers develop careers in the private sector, working in industries from management consultancy to law and journalism.
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Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.