BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Ethics

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Ethics

Philosophers have played an influential role in the development of political and ethical thought throughout history. Combine a deep understanding of political theory with an appreciation of the complex ideas behind philosophical thought. You will use these different approaches to analyse, challenge and debate contemporary issues that impact the world around us. By applying philosophical theory to everyday concerns, we will discover its relevance in our own lives.

Drawing upon the works of historical and contemporary thinkers, you will explore the evolution of political thought. This will raise complex and relevant questions about equality, justice and power. We encourage you to look beyond standard topics and simple answers to consider questions which reflect your own interests.

Some of the topics you may cover include:

  • Social justice and inequality
  • Globalisation and the changing role of the state
  • Morality, evil and suffering
  • Genetic engineering
  • State security
  • Responses to climate change

Tackling difficult issues like these not only shows future employers that you are not afraid to take on complex problems, it will also change how you see the world. This combination of subjects will help you to develop as an insightful thinker, an effective communicator and a self aware global citizen.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree could lead you to a career directly related to Politics, such as working in local government or the Civil Service, or it could take you in a completely different direction, using the many transferrable skills you will develop. These include problem solving, developing arguments, analysing and evaluating information, collaboration, independent working, communication and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Local government
  • Policy development
  • The Civil Service (they offer a Fast Stream graduate scheme)
  • Political and social research
  • Journalism
  • Charities and the third sector

Course Details

Year 1

Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
'Politics and …’: An Interdisciplinary View
Political Philosophy: Themes and Thinkers
Philosophy and Religion
UK Politics: Tradition and Change
Values and Virtues: Ethics and Religion
International or Global? Globalisation in Debate
Global Islam

Year 2

Political Ideologies
Using Political Philosophy
Theology and Ethics through Film
From Descartes to the Death of God
Political Analysis: Theory and Methods
Matters of Life and Death
Practical Politics
Work Related Learning
Problems of Evil
Religious Mapping
Religion and Politics
The Sociology of Religion

Year 3

Short Dissertation
The Social Contract: Justifying the State
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Global Governance
Feminist Ethics and Religion
Religion in the Public Sphere
The Morality of War
Global Justice
The Middle East
The Political Economy of Crisis
The Politics of Global Health
Great Philosophical Texts
Religion and Globalisation
Religion and Genocides
Religion and Myth
Religion and Visual Culture
Theology and Ethics through Film

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