Politics and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Politics and Philosophy BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three Years, Part-time: Usually five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    VL52; Short form: BA/PhiP

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Studying Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills. If your ideal career requires clear thinking, talking, or writing, we'll help you prepare. Alongside this you will have the opportunity to further your own understanding of politics through the critical evaluation of political ideas, institutions and policy and decision-making processes in a national and international context. The course will equip you to understand the nature and extent of political theory, history of political thought, and political philosophy, to develop your own perspective and become more aware of traditional and current debates that concern political scientists. Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both Politics and Philosophy teaching, and you will be encouraged and supported to discuss and develop your own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions.

Entry Requirements

If you don't quite meet these requirements, give us a call in Clearing on 01772 830777 – we want to help you!

104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma
: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points.
International Baccalaureate 26P.
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Power Politics and the State
  • British Politics
  • Reason and Argument
  • Knowledge and Freedom

Optional Modules

  • Global Politics; An Introduction to International Relations
  • The Value of Knowledge; What is Education For?
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • Plus Free Choice Elective (e.g. a Language)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Globalisation: History, Theories and Approaches
  • Research Methods in International Relations and Politics
  • Foundations of Ethics

Optional Modules

  • History of Political Ideas
  • Radical Politics and Political Ideas in Modern Britain: From Lloyd George to Tony Blair
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • The International History of Europe, 1914-1991
  • Cold War in Asia 1945–89: History, Society and Conflict
  • America and the World, 1898 -2001

Year 3

Core Modules

  • Politics Dissertation OR
  • Politics Double Dissertation
  • Philosophy Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Continuity and Change in British Politics
  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • Modern European Thought
  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Terrorism and Security
  • India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan since 1947: International Conflict and Democracy
  • African Nationalism and Independence, 1921-1982
  • Riots and Revolution: popular politics and the English working class, c.1770-1848
  • A Place Apart? The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Kennedy, Johnson and the World: US Foreign Policy, 1961-69

Further Information

Studying Politics at UCLan you will received a broad introduction to the main sub-disciplines of the academic subject of Politics – government and institutions, international relations and global politics and political theory. Alongside this you will have the opportunity to further your own understanding through the critical evaluation of political ideas, institutions and policy and decision-making processes in national, international and comparative context.

Studying Philosophy in combination with Politics will enable you to bring a distinctively philosophical perspective to bear on your understanding of political issues. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of a range of highly influential moral and political theories that have been held to underpin competing conceptions of social justice and just institutions. It will also give you insight into the fundamental debates about the nature of humanity, the self, knowledge and reality that frequently underlie disagreements about the proper form and goals of social and political institutions.

Students take 18 modules, at the rate of 6 per year. Optional modules may be taken alongside an 'elective' module, to make up the yearly quota of 6. Elective modules offer a choice from a wide range of modules offered across the university, and may for example include a language module, a work placement, or a careers or employability module. The range of modules on offer will vary slightly from year to year. The selection below is correct for the upcoming academic year, but should be regarded as indicative only for future years.


The School has developed employability and community links within the North West of England and the UK as a whole. This ensures that you have the opportunity to engage with employers, community groups, professionals and practitioners from ground-breaking organisations to develop their academic portfolio and pathway into to the world of work. We provide you with the opportunity to meet, communicate and network with a wide range of professional associates, from multi-disciplinary settings, who can provide first-hand experience and knowledge of the key skills required to be successful in your career destination. Within each programme of study, there are embedded employability skills within a number of modules to enhance and promote employability skills and graduate attributes.

There was opportunity for practical work experience if required. There is also a wide range of modules available to study at undergraduate level and this is expanded upon at master's level. The Histories of America and Lancashire are especially well covered and all of the modules that I studied were well represented in the library. This course has helped me with my professional development as they contain modules that are related to topics that are taught in schools and they have helped me to cement my existing knowledge.


This course provides a broad introduction to the disciplines and main sub-disciplines of the academic subjects of Politics and Philosophy – including political philosophy, ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, political theory, international relations, global politics, and government and institutions. It does so by means of an intellectually challenging academic curriculum that is informed by the research and scholarly activity of members of the Politics and Philosophy teaching teams. It thereby provides opportunities for far-reaching critical evaluation of political ideas, institutions and policy and decision-making processes in national, international and comparative contexts. 

The course fosters a supportive academic environment which assists students from a range of educational backgrounds to develop their academic and wider potential. It encourages capacity to analyse, evaluate and critically assess political and philosophical concepts and theories, via study of the ideas and arguments of major thinkers, encountered in their own writings; ability to recognise methodological errors, rhetorical devices, unexamined conventional wisdom, vagueness and unnoticed assumptions; ability to devise a research project involving independent study, the location of appropriate sources and the analysis of relevant material relating to the academic study of politics and/or philosophy; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, locate and use electronic and print based materials related to the academic study of politics and philosophy.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The School has developed and nurtured working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as the National Health Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Social-Enterprise Entrepreneurs, Armed Services, Criminal Justice system, multi-faith communities, non-government organisations, third sector providers, primary, secondary and further education, local councils, social services, the Probation Trust and equality and diversity practitioners. Examples include people from the Lancashire Constabulary, Merseycare, Stepping Stones Nigeria, Recycling Lives.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Teaching methods range from lectures and seminars, to group debates, and simulation of political scenarios. Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both Politics and Philosophy teaching, and students are encouraged and supported to discuss and develop their own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions. Every teaching session has specified pre-reading, and for preparatory work students have access to a well-equipped library, and a variety or open and restricted access online resources.

Staff are all experts in their particular areas of academic study, active researchers and writers and contributors to national evaluations of research and to discussion and debates in the policy and public sphere and in the media.

Assessment methods include coursework essays, written exams, seminar presentations, case work and reviews.

I found the degree at UCLan extremely stimulating, the resources that were offered by the lecturers were always relevant to the topic/module and there was always the opportunity for further study which was supported and encouraged by the teaching staff. They are all well versed in their chosen subject and I have always found them to be accessible. Enquiries were always answered quickly, with further one-to-one feedback offered if required.


You will be able to gain practical work experience in relevant settings, allowing you to practise the transferable skills you’ve gained in the workplace.

Employability and career development is fully supported throughout the programme and opportunities exist to learn a language and travel abroad through the Worldwise Learning Centre. Opportunities also exist for national and international work placement through our award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership and international exchange opportunities with universities in Europe and North America are a feature of the programme.

Previous graduates have gone on to careers in teaching and research, journalism, public relations, central and local government, the European Union, charities and NGOs. Recent students work in public and private sector organisations, both nationally and internationally.

For students wishing to continue to postgraduate study at UCLan, we offer an MA in Religion, Culture and Society. Some recent Politics and Philosophy graduates have also gone on to research degrees (MPhil/PhD).

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