Undergraduate


Academic Requirements


Suggestion for Choosing Philosophy Modules

A philosophy major should aim to first acquire a broad understanding that comes from taking modules in different sub-areas in philosophy, and then proceed to explore one or two sub-areas he or she finds most interesting. This is only a suggestion, not a requirement. Modules within each sub-area tend to be interrelated in ways that allow students to both deepen and broaden their interest and learning in more meaningful ways.

Academic Requirements for Majors

The requirements for the Philosophy Major depends on the student's cohort.

Note: Beginning from AY2015/2016, GEK1067/GET1029 Life, the Universe, and Everything replaces PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy as the Philosophy exposure module. Philosophy major students are not allowed to use either GEK1067 or GET1029 to fulfil GE or Unrestricted Electives outside student's major.


Major, Cohort 2012 to Cohort 2014

Pass at least 60 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy or GEK1067 Life, the Universe, and Everything.
(2) PH2110 or GEM2006 Logic.
(3) A minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher
(4) A maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules.

Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Major, Cohort 2015

Pass at least 60 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) GET1029 Life, the Universe, and Everything.
(2) GET1028 Logic.
(3) A minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher
(4) A maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules.

Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Major, Cohort 2016 onwards

1. Pass GET1029 Life, the Universe and Everything. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements, and
2. Pass at least 44 MCs of PH modules or PH-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) GET1028 Logic
(2) a minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher
(3) a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note: Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Academic Requirements for Major with Honours

Undergraduates admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences may major in philosophy and obtain the B.A. (Honours) degree, the requirements for which depends on which cohort the student is from.

Major with Honours, Cohort 2012 to Cohort 2014

Pass at least 100 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) PH1102E or GEK1067 Introduction to Philosophy
(2) PH2110 or GEM2006 Logic
(3) a minimum of 60 MCs at level-3000 or higher, with a minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher
(4) a maximum of 2 PH modules at level-5000 (subject to department's approval).
(5) a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Major with Honours, Cohort 2015

Pass at least 100 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) GET1029 Life, the Universe and Everything
(2) GET1028 Logic
(3) a minimum of 60 MCs at level-3000 or higher, with a minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher
(4) a maximum of 2 PH modules at level-5000 (subject to department's approval).
(5) a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules
Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Major with Honours, Cohort 2016 onwards

1. Pass GET1029 Life, the Universe and Everything. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements, and
2. Pass at least 84 MCs of PH modules or PH-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) GET1028 Logic
(2) a minimum of 60 MCs at level-3000 or higher, with a minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher
(3) a maximum of 2 PH modules at level-5000 (subject to department's approval)
(4) a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note: Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

The Honours Thesis and the Independent Study Module

PH4401 Honours Thesis is an optional module. To qualify to enroll, students from the 2007 Cohort onwards must be on the Honours Track. Students from the 2007 Cohort to the 2014 Cohort must complete at least 110MCs including 60 MCs of PH major requirements and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.50. Students from the 2015 Cohort and onwards must complete at least 110MCs including 44 MCs of PH major requirements and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.50.

Detailed information on the Honours Thesis can be found in the linked document here.

PH4660 Independent Studies Module is also optional. To register for PH4660, a student must obtain the agreement of a faculty member to supervise an approved topic of study. A written agreement between the student and supervisor must be submitted to the Head of Department for approval. The form of the agreement can be downloaded here.

PH4401 and PH4660 preclude each other (i.e. students are not allowed to enroll in both).

Academic Requirements for Second Majors

The requirements for the Philosophy Major depends on the student's cohort.

Note: Beginning from AY2015/2016, GEK1067/GET1029 Live, the Universe, and Everything replaces PH1102E Introduction to Philosophy as the Philosophy exposure module. Philosophy major students are not allowed to use either GEK1067 or GET1029 to fulfil GE or Unrestricted Electives outside student's major.


Second Major, Cohort 2012 to Cohort 2014

Pass at least 48 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1)PH1102E or GEK1067 Introduction to Philosophy
(2)PH2110 or GEM2006 Logic
(3) a minimum of 16 MCs at level-3000
(4)a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Second Major, Cohort 2015

Pass at least 48 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1)GET1029 Life, the Universe, and Everything.
(2)GET1028 Logic.
(3) a minimum of 16 MCs at level-3000
(4)a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Second Major, Cohort 2016 onwards

1. Pass GET1029 Life, the Universe and Everything. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements, and
2. Pass at least 44 MCs of PH modules or PH-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) GET1028 Logic
(2) a minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher
(3) a maximum of 10 MCs of PH-recognised modules

Note: Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Academic Requirements for Minors

Undergraduate students are always welcome to enroll in philosophy modules even if they do not lead to a major in philosophy. In general, level 1000 to 3000 modules are accessible to non-majors students (note that some modules may have pre-requisites), but level 4000 modules are normally restricted to majors unless permission is sought from the Department.

The requirements for the Philosophy Major depends on the student's cohort.

*Note: Modules which are cross-listed with PH modules can be used to satisfy the minor requirement.

Minor, Cohort 2014 and before

Pass at least 24 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) PH1102E or GEK1067 Introduction to Philosophy
(2) a minimum of 4 MCs at level-3000
(3) a maximum of 4MCs of PH-recognised modules

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

Minor, Cohort 2015 onwards

Pass at least 24 MCs of PH or PH-recognised modules, which include the following:

(1) GET1029 Life, the Universe and Everything
(2) a minimum of 4 MCs at level-3000
(3) a maximum of 4MCs of PH-recognised modules

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.