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BSc Politics and Philosophy


UCAS code: LV25 BSc/PP  

Usual standard offer: A level: grades A A A

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points including 7 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Applications 2012: 399

First year students 2012: 18

This joint honours degree combines courses from the fields of government (politics) and philosophy in approximately equal weighting. However, you will have a considerable amount of choice in how you balance your study and in the specific courses taken within each of the two fields.

Rather than simply studying the core elements of politics and philosophy "side by side", the aim of this degree is to show how the study of each is relevant for understanding political practices and behaviour, and for the understanding and development of political ideals. To this purpose, in their third year, students will take a course in Philosophy and Public Policy, which examines specific policy questions from conceptual and normative perspectives.

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Philosophy and Public Policy
  • One government option (Political Theory or Public Policy)
  • Any government option or an approved outside option
  • An extended essay in government or philosophy or a government, philosophy or an approved outside option

In their third year, students will get an opportunity to take more advanced courses in both political science and philosophy. Students get the opportunity to choose from some courses which are taught in small group seminars and also to select a course which is assessed by a long essay.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.