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UCAS code:LV25

BSc Politics and Philosophy

Delve into the key political issues and philosophical questions confronting the world today on this joint honours programme.



You’ll explore how government policies and decisions are formed and look at challenging philosophical questions on ethics, human rights, justice and many other topics.

You won’t simply study politics and philosophy side by side. You’ll see how each subject helps us understand political practices and behaviour and the development of political ideals. This includes examining public policies from the perspective of moral and political philosophy.

This degree helps you develop your creative thinking, communication and data analysis skills – preparing you for a rewarding career in areas such as government, the public sector, financial services, education, research or teaching.

Politics and Philosophy are ranked 4th and 3rd respectively in the QS World University Rankings – the highest ranking of any UK-based philosophy department.

Entry requirements

Here, you can check our entry requirements for GCSEs, A-levels (please read them alongside our information about subject combinations) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. We also consider applications from students with a range of other UK qualifications and from overseas. Please select the overseas button below and choose your country from the dropdown list to find the equivalency to A-levels of your qualification.


We welcome students from all walks of life at LSE. We want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation. So, whatever your background, please do apply. Get all the details on our general entry requirements.

Competition for places at LSE is high. We cannot guarantee you an offer of a place even if you’re predicted or achieve our standard entry requirements.

Our standard offer requirements are intended only as a guide and, in some cases, you’ll be asked for different grades.

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Student Ben Findlay
One walk around campus and I was sold.
Ben Findlay, UK, BSc Politics and Philosophy
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Politics and Philosophy is an invigorating and stimulating degree that helps to open your mind in terms of considering all the important facets of how and why humanity rules itself today. The two subjects complement each other well, each helping to deepen understanding and provide new avenues of enquiry.
Nicolas Davies, BSc Politics and Philosophy

Your application


We consider each application carefully, taking into account all the details you’ve included on your UCAS form, such as:

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although this is not needed at the application stage. See our English language requirements page.


Fees and funding

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You're charged a fee for each year of your programme. Your tuition fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It doesn't cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.


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Politics graduates have a range of skills and can fit into a variety of positions in modern life. Our former students have followed careers in business and banking, in law, in central and local government, in teaching and research, in public and university administration, and in journalism and television.

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