BSc Philosophy and Politics (VL52)

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UCAS code VL52
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BSc Philosophy and Politics

This course combines philosophy with the study of politics and international relations. This provides a valuable skill set ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

For philosophy, you will study units including Introduction to Philosophy, Logic and Critical Thinking and Realism and Normativity, and may write an extended essay.

In politics, you will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between them, communities and individuals. You will become familiar with many different views and methods, and learn to analyse and evaluate them.

Politics is organised around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

The first year includes compulsory units to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline and you will have greater choice as you progress through the course.

In your final year you will choose from a range of units closely linked to staff research interests, which are unique to Bristol. Units cover subjects such as political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, gender, security and conflict. There is a strong emphasis on research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and the possibility to complete a dissertation in the final year.

You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university.

Both schools encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

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Typical offer for BSc Philosophy and Politics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including an essay-based subject
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in essay-based subjects.
Additional written work may be required; please contact the Enquiries team for details.

Mature students are welcome to contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA including an essay-based subject, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall, with 8.5 in an essay-based subject
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Essay-based subjects include: Ancient History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; Economics; English Language; English Literature; Environmental Studies; Film; Geography; Government and Politics; Health and Social Care; History; History of Art; Latin; Law; Media Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Care; Social Policy; Sociology; Theatre Studies; and Welsh.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Higher numeracy requirement (6 or B in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS

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Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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