Welcome to Philosophy Department, National Open University of Nigeria. As a discipline, Philosophy is the mother of all disciplines. It is therefore our pleasure to have you here. Going through this site will help you to realise your interest and acquaint yourself with detail information about the Department and more importantly about the programme ‘Philosophy’. Here, you will get firsthand information on how you can study philosophy in an Open and Distance Learning institution just like any other person in a conventional University.


The B.A Philosophy Programme empowers you (students) for critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. It exposes the students to philosophical tools of understanding the world, and changing it. The course will help raise, in the students, awareness of the many challenges facing the world in the areas of ethics, science, religion, business, education, law, aesthetics, politics, and other valuable subjects. The aim is to, in the well-documented tradition of philosophy, train students as participants in the search for well-reasoned and critical approaches to these challenges.





The B.A (Hons) Philosophy is designed to provide solid training in major areas of philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Logic, Ethics, African Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy.  It seeks to develop the intellectual abilities of students to enhance their critical, analytical, interpretive, comparative and problem-solving skills.

NOUN’s B.A (Hons) Philosophy programme will, through Open and Distance Learning, provide opportunity to those who seek knowledge in philosophy via intensive use of information and communication technology, to have functional and cost-effective education through the open and flexible mode of education that adds life-long values for all who are ready to be trained as such. On this note, it targets both fresh students and graduate of other disciplines who want to make philosophical knowledge the foundation of their professional engagements.





The aims of the programme are:

  • To equip the students with the critical, analytical and interpretive skills of philosophy needed for success in today’s world
  • To inculcate in the students a knowledge that is grounded in ethics and values that is also attuned to the needs of society.


At the end of this programmes, the candidate should be able to:

  • To provide for a broad, sound and solid foundation in philosophy.
  • To provide education in, and expose students to the traditional branches of philosophy as a firm base for intending professional academic philosophers.
  • To equip the students with problem-solving skills capacities.
  • To help train a workforce with requisite transferable work skills.
  • To enhance the ability of the students to organise and criticise ideas and issues.
  • To orient students towards developing the philosophical minds conducive to a pluralistic society such as Nigeria.
  • To seek to link academic/professional philosophy with social existence.



The programmes are headed by the Head of Department of Philosophy. The members of the staff jointly develop and approve the Self-Learning Instructional Materials, and facilitate the same through online media in order to reach every student, wherever he/she may be. The instructional materials are equally available at the various study centres spread across the country and beyond. The facilitators themselves assist the students and ensure that they grasp the concept and issue raised in the instructional materials.

The Programmes are handled by renowned scholars, professors and academicians who have distinguished themselves in various areas related to the course they handle. You cannot afford missing any of them.







Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA. Philosophy)

  1. Entry Requirements

To be admitted into BA Philosophy Degree Programme, the candidate is required to meet at least one of the following:


100 Level

  1. Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes including English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects at SSCE, GCE, NECO and NABTEB.


200 Level

  1. A minimum of 3 credits passes in IJMB, OND, NCE or its equivalent in addition to 5 credit passes at the ordinary level, including English Language and Mathematics.


  1. Diploma in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Christian Theology, Law, Political Science, Sociology, from NOUN and any other recognized institution, in addition to 5 credit passes at the Ordinary Level, including English Language.


  1. A minimum of second class lower degree from any other discipline from Universities recognized by the Senate of NOUN


  1. Any other qualification acceptable to Senate of NOUN.


To receive the B.A degree in Philosophy, a student must have undergone 8 semesters of full-time study or 16 Semesters of flexible mode. In addition to this, the student must have earned a minimum of 120 Units of courses to qualify for graduation (including all the Departmental core courses). This is in addition to meeting the University Senate’s general regulations governing the award of undergraduate degrees in the University. Students admitted for Direct Entry, are however, exempted from the first year courses and are therefore expected to have undergone 6 semesters of full-time study or 12 semesters of flexible mode, and is expected to earn a minimum of 90 Units to qualify for graduation.





  • Development of course materials for various courses
  • Undergraduate degree programmes (BA. Philosophy)
  • Development of the services of renowned University Professors and senior lecturers for the setting and moderation of end of semesters test items
  • Generation of Tutored Marked Assignment (TMA), Computer Marked Assignment (CMA) to enable students follow closely the Self Learning Materials (SLM)
Department Name
Head of Department
Dr. Oluyemisi Adegboyega
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