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Philosophy and Politics BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    Philosophy is one of the world’s oldest academic subjects. Some of the earliest philosophers thought about the relationship between individuals, the state and society. This exciting Joint Honours degree gives you an understanding of the institutions and practices of modern political systems, as well as exploring the history of human thought and how we see the world.

    Core modules will introduce you to key principles and topics in each subject. However, the diversity of research interests at Leeds allows us to offer flexible degrees with a wide variety of optional modules.

    You could study topics as diverse as development, ancient philosophy, political philosophy, the nature of knowledge and the self, electioneering, the ethics of life and death, international relations, the history of ideas and political issues from the USA to Africa and China. You’ll gain a wide range of skills while considering some of the important questions and challenges affecting humanity and the world we live in.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy and politics. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key topics and approaches in philosophy and politics, from ethics, political philosophy and how to construct arguments to comparative politics around the world. You’ll also be able to choose from optional modules across topics such as philosophy of the mind, and development challenges, or take discovery modules from across the University.

    From this foundation, you’ll build your knowledge and skills over the next two years with a wider range of choice. You’ll choose a central philosophy module to study and then be free to focus on whichever area suits you, ranging from political philosophy and ethics to philosophy of science sand religion. You’ll also select one political system to study in depth such as the UK or China, alongside options including development, security studies, international relations or political psychology.

    Throughout the degree you’ll build an impressive range of subject knowledge, learn to think clearly and construct effective arguments and develop research and analytical skills. In your final year you’ll also have the chance to showcase these skills, when you focus on a subject of your choice to undertake an independent research project or dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
    • Comparative Politics 20 credits
    • Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas 20 credits
    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
    • Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
    • Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits
    • British Politics 20 credits
    • Global Development Challenges 20 credits
    • Making of the Modern World 20 credits

    Year 2

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Ethics of Life and Death 10 credits
    • Political Philosophy 20 credits
    • Realism and Antirealism 20 credits
    • Philosophy Students into Schools 20 credits
    • Spin Doctors and Electioneering 20 credits
    • Politics and Policy in the EU 20 credits
    • Theories of International Relations 20 credits
    • Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Metaethics 20 credits
    • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 20 credits
    • Feminist Philosophy 20 credits
    • War, Terror and Justice 20 credits
    • Parliaments and the Public 20 credits
    • International Development and Social Policy 20 credits
    • The Responsibility to Protect and to Prosecute 20 credits
    • Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy and Politics BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) are both home to tutors who are experts in their fields.

    To help you make the most of their knowledge and experience, we use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is central to the degree, since it gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in research and analysis.

    Assessment

    We use a range of different assessment methods, which usually include exams and essays but may also incorporate group work or oral presentations in some modules. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80%.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Politics is varied and challenging. It equips you with broad and deep knowledge of two subjects, as well as a range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers across industries and sectors.

    You’ll be a confident communicator, who can present and defend your arguments clearly whether verbally or in writing. You’ll work well in a team or individually, and you’ll have excellent research and analytical skills. Because you’ve juggled two different subjects, you’ll also have good organisational skills.

    Graduates have been successful in a range of careers as a result, including politics and the civil service as well as management, the charity sector, journalism, the media and education. Many others have progressed to postgraduate study in related disciplines.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.