The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

The integrated course of Politics and Philosophy will provide students with an engagement with the most significant traditions within the subjects with an emphasis on critical thinking and the analysis of texts.

The areas are cognate in that many aspects of Politics and Public Policy rely upon normative justifications and defences that have been one of the principal objectives of philosophical study.

What happens on the course?

The first year of study provides a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking and philosophy, through key philosophical texts and an introduction to both British and international politics and the key methodological approaches to them.

In your second year you look at key traditions in moral philosophy and get the chance to assess your own moral intuitions and concepts and are introduced to the major ideological traditions within Politics.

In the third year of the course you can choose from modules like "Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity"; "Philosophy of Mind"; "Self and Other" in philosophy; in politics the key thinkers in political theory are examined and a choice of area study topics are provided.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Members of the Philosophy and Politics subject teams are active researchers and have published widely. This research underpins the curriculum and ensures an engagement with current developments in the disciplines.
  • You will learn to apply philosophical skills and techniques to practical reasoning in an imaginative way.
  • Both subjects are in the School of Law, Social Sciences and communications which have a strong tradition of pastoral support and counselling relating to academic skills.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers are invited under the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series to deliver lectures.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“My time at Wolverhampton University as a student was a most constructive and enjoyable one both from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the module offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers”

(2008 graduate of Politics now a PhD student).

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.”
Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

Career path

Politics and Philosophy graduates have gone on to pursue a variety of careers in the public and private sector. Several now work in journalism; others are employed as teachers and lecturers, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Careers in local government, IT, media and campaigning are also pursued.

What skills will you gain?

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • organise (materials, time-frames, formats, etc.) and gather information from a variety of sources.
  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Politics and Philosophy;
  • display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context whilst learning to act independently;
  • demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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