BA in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Programme Description

BA in Philosophy and Psychological Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about ourselves, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe.

What makes us happy? Do humans display irrational biases? How can I, a physical being, have thoughts and emotions? How does science progress and can I trust it? By what moral authority does the state rule over me? How should wealth be shared out?

By studying this degree you’ll learn to: read and understand scientific and historical texts; construct and analyse arguments; understand and use a range of research methods; and express your ideas clearly and logically. These skills are relevant to a broad range of career opportunities, including media, marketing, financial and social services, administration and management.

Key features of the course

  • Investigate profound questions about human minds and behaviour from two complementary perspectives
  • Develop clear, logical thinking and communication skills
  • Learn to construct and analyse informed, reasoned arguments
  • Understand and use a range of research methods

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will introduce you to arts and humanities and the study of psychology.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in each of philosophy and psychology.
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study one compulsory philosophy module and choose from two psychology options.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • finding external/third party material online
  • working in a group with other students
  • working with a specialist reading material such as works of art and musical manuscripts.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a broad range of careers, including:

  • public administration, local government, the civil service, social services
  • advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries, public relations
  • education and health
  • management and human resources
  • police and the law
  • business, banking and retail
  • charities, campaigning and policy development.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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3 - 16 
Part time
Full time