The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Law and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

This course allows you to develop your critical thinking in relation to understanding legal and political change. This thought-provoking programme offers a stimulating and multicultural environment in which you can engage with concepts and theories within Philosophy and Law and reflect upon contemporary practical concerns.

You will learn to communicate more effectively in writing and speaking, to evaluate arguments rigorously, and to enhance your own critical judgement. You will gain skills of analysis, synthesis and application which are relevant for whatever profession you decide to follow. A range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, are also developed and are of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

In your first year, you will be introduced to critical thinking and philosophy. Together with an introduction to English law, you will look at key issues in modern legal philosophy and develop your own approaches to study in a legal environment.

In your second year, you will examine the nature of ethical virtue and principles and judgment in moral philosophy, whilst getting the chance to assess your own moral intuitions and concepts. You will develop a critical appreciation of the connection between experience and knowing the world. A study of ‘Law, Morality and Society’ offers an integrated approach to Philosophy and Law, and you will have the opportunity to investigate immigration and asylum law and theories of punishment.

In your final year, you can choose from a range of topics to suit your interests. These include "freedom, recognition and authenticity", "self and other: the demands of social justice", "philosophy of mind", "terrorism law policy and practice" and "the law of the European Union". You will also have the opportunity to work on an independent research project and carry out a placement within an organisation approved by the University.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is one of the few in the country to combine Philosophy with Law as an integrated joint. You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars whose published work covers a wide range of areas. Highly successful student-led activities include mooting where you will argue a fictitious legal case in court. You will also have the opportunity to listen to visiting scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the University.

Comments from our External Examiner for 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 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

A degree in Philosophy and Law will equip you with the skills needed in a range of occupations, including a career as a Legal Executive, company secretary or legal advisor. It is especially suited to enhancing your capabilities to take up advocacy and campaigning. Previous graduates have gone on to public and private-sector management jobs, local government and media and campaigning. If you aim to become a solicitor or barrister, you could study our CPE conversion course, or alternatively, go on to further study with one of our postgraduate courses.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and procedures of law and philosophy and an understanding of how they fit together and operate;
  • apply knowledge to problem situations, evaluate arguments rigorously, and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions to unresolved debates demonstrated over a wide number of legal and philosophical issues;
  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly, academic and case-work;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within philosophy and law;
  • display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue in a multi-cultural and international context;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with technology-supported learning.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • 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.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

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

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

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 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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