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Philosophy and Politics

BA (Hons)

What is Philosophy and Politics BA (Hons)?

Combining philosophy and politics means engaging with humanity’s most pressing and enduring questions about society, power and existence: who are we and how can we best live together? You’ll gain key skills and understanding in addressing those questions, developing as a sophisticated, creative and valuable thinker as you do so.

You’ll actively participate in the disciplines of philosophy and politics, rather than simply receiving knowledge and ideas from other people. Supported by subject specialists, you’ll become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker.

Study style

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and student-led sessions, supported by digital technologies. Small group discussions allow you to connect with expert tutors and other students, with excellent environments for learning and strong group identity. You’ll choose modules to explore your interests and shape your own studies.

Our rich curriculum allows you to shape your studies in ways which match your interests. As your knowledge and understanding develop, you’ll gain skills in investigative, analytical research and communication – which are highly desirable in the employment market. The close examination of key ideas, values and social structures will help you to build essential skills for work within and beyond university.

* This course is ‘subject to validation’ which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

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Entry requirements

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • charity / third sector
  • journalism
  • politics
  • the Civil Service
  • teaching
  • marketing and business.

Industry links

Our Philosophy courses are ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

Our partnerships with local groups and organisations will give you the chance to examine their learning in professional and lived contexts. Field trips, projects and placement opportunities provide hands-on engagement with environmental, business and socio-political groups, giving you the opportunity to gain professional level, real-world skills and experiences.

Gain insight to make a difference

You’ll gain deep insight on key ideas about what it means to be human and how best we can live together. You’ll consider issues of value, equality, identity and power – applying your learning in ways which make a difference to you and your communities.

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Unique off-campus opportunities

Enjoy field trip and placement opportunities to take your learning beyond the lecture theatre and library. Challenge yourself to develop professional skills in the evaluation and communication of important ideas and socio-political structures.

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Develop skills, initiative and confidence

Become an independent researcher and thinker in a supportive environment. Develop your intellectual initiative as well as confidence in your ability to make a positive contributions on issues which really matter in the twenty-first century.

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Philosophy - Student Experience - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 3rd in the UK for student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Philosophy - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Philosophy courses rank 2nd in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences

Unique placement, field trip and study abroad opportunities support your learning on the course. Previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, India and Spain, as well as various UK locations. You’ll also hear from a variety of expert guest speakers.


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I encourage students to develop empathy"

“I encourage students to value open dialogue, put aside assumptions and develop qualities of empathy and insight.”

Martin Wood, Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

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