Politics, Philosophy and Society

Politics, Philosophy and Society BA (Hons)

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 Politics, Philosophy and Society teaching, and you will be encouraged and supported to discuss and develop your own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Politics at UCLan is ranked 1st in the North West and 2nd in the UK for learning opportunities. We are also 3rd in the North West for overall student satisfaction and assessment & feedback - National Student Survey 2019. 
  • Philosophy at UCLan was ranked top in the North West in the 2019 Guardian League Table.
  • You can learn about cultures or languages through our Worldwise Learning Centre or study abroad, with awards and bursaries available for Europe or North America.
  • The School has working partnerships within numerous professional environments, such as the National Health Service, Lancashire Constabulary, the Criminal Justice system and many more.

Course Overview

Year 1

Semester 1

  •  PO1101: Power, Politics and the State (Compulsory) PO1109: Global Politics

Semester 2

  •  PO1112: British Politics
  • IR1002: International Security and Economics DF1113: Communities, Cultures and Identities

Semester 1

  • PI1117: Reason and Argument (Compulsory)
  • PI1005: The Value of Knowledge: What is Education For?

Semester 2

  • PI1118: Knowledge and Freedom
  • PI1119: Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics

Semester 1

  • SO1116: Sociological Ways of Thinking SO1115: Youth, Identity and Difference

Semester 2

  • SO1004: Media and Culture
  • SO1114: Doing Social Research (Compulsory)

 Full Year

  •  EC1001: Introduction to Economics (30 credits)* (Prerequisite for students taking the Economics strand within the Society theme)

Social Policy
Semester 1

  • SW1804: Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of UK Social Policy SW1801: Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding (Full Year)

Semester 2

  •  SW1805: Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues

Year 2

Semester 1

  • IR2101: Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches PO2110: History of Political Ideas (Compulsory)

Semester 2

  • IR2102: Research Methods in International Relations and Politics PO2400: Radical Political Ideas in Modern Britain

Semester 1

  • PI2211: Metaphysics and Epistemology PI2001: Philosophy of Religion

Semester 2

  • PI2214: Foundations of Ethics (Compulsory) PI2005: Phenomenology and Existentialism

Semester 1

  • SO2214: Contemporary Thinkers SO2002: Sociology of Religion

Semester 2

  • SO2015: Innovative Research
  • SO2103: Sociology of Social Movements

 Full Year

  • EC2003: Methodology and Diversity in Economics EC2007: Social Economics
  • EC2009: European Economic Development

Social Policy
Semester 1

  • SW2803: Power, Oppression and Society SW2018: Race, Racism and Ethnicity

Semester 2

  • SW2041: Comparative Social Welfare

Year 3

Programme (Full-Year)

New single and double PPS dissertation modules. Students may be supervised by staff in Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics or Social Policy (or by a suitable combination where the dissertation is significantly interdisciplinary).

Semester 1

  • IR3001: Ethics, War and Society
  • PO3134: Continuity and Change in British Politics RB3005: Political Islam and Islamic Movements

Semester 2

  • PO3112: Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy PO3004: Terrorism and Security

Semester 1

  • PI3021: Contemporary Ethical Theory PI3025: Philosophy and Popular Culture PI3006: Modern European Thought

Semester 2

  • PI3013: Philosophy of Language
  • PI3004: Humanity, Values and the Environment

Semester 1

  • SO3108: Global Social Divisions CJ3007: Sex, Violence and Strategies

Semester 2

  • SO3004: Sexy Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and the Body SO3110: Sociology of Disability

 Full Year

  • EC3002: Philosophical Themes in Economics EC3005: Economics of the Public Sector
  • EC3007: Economics of Trade, Aid and Development EC3010: Economic Policy

Social Policy
Semester 1

  • SW3802: Critical Social Policy SW3012: Racism and Social Welfare

Semester 2

  • SW3723: Social Theory and Contextual Analysis SW3105: Disability Studies

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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

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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, philosophy and society– 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, philosophy and society 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, philosophy and/or society; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, locate and use electronic and print based materials related to the academic study of politics, philosophy and society.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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. 

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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.

Further Opportunities

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.

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

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.