Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education and Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

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UCAS code: L0V0

What you'll study

Teaching ranges from large group lectures to small tutorials and intensive one-on-one supervision. You'll attend seminars and large debates on topical issues, and there are personal feedback and assessment review sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building group exercises.

You'll engage in individual and group assessment activities, delivered orally as well as in written form and through formats such as essays, exams, presentations, debates and dissertations.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • British Political History since 1945

    This module details the political history of the UK after World War Two. From Eden to the EEC and from Wilson to the 'Winter of Discontent', encounter the people, ideas and policies that have shaped modern Britain.

  • Introduction to Philosophy

    You will be introduced to some of the key issues of philosophy, covering central theories and arguments in the fields of moral, political and social philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. You'll also reflect critically on the foundations of philosophy and receive training in clear, concise and accurate expression and in the analysis, construction and evaluation of philosophical arguments.

  • Principles of Economics 1

    This module provides an introduction to economics for specialists and non-specialists alike. You'll explore both microeconomics (the affairs of consumers, firms and the government) and macroeconomics (the study of the economy as a whole).

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

    Learn how to analyse the structure of contemporary political ideologies. And discover to assess the historical interrelations between key philosophical concepts and their political implications.

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

    Explore how politics defines the power map of the world's economy and provides the constitution for markets. We'll introduce you to the principal ideas, institutions, policies and institutions which shape the politics of the global economy.

  • World Economy

    This module provides an introduction to the world economy. You'll study the nature of, and change in, the world economy from an economic perspective complemented by a social, political and institutional understanding. You'll develop insights into key contemporary issues associated with international trade, international finance, regional groupings such as the European Community, climate change and others.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • History of Political Thought

    You will learn about the thought and historical context of a selection of the most important philosophers and political theorists to have written about collective power, human nature, freedom, justice, rights, community and the state, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rousseau, Hegel, Green and Marx.

  • British Government

    In the age of Brexit, who governs Britain? Discover the institutions of the British state from 10 Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, from Whitehall to the devolved assemblies, and from the Conservative Party to Labour.

  • Paths of Research

    Discover the full range of research techniques and skills used in the academic study of politics. This module introduces everything you'll need for conducting research in your own area of interest within the field of politics, from statistical analysis to using texts.

Optional modules

  • Contemporary Epistemology

    This module examines the nature of knowledge and claims to knowledge. The sort of questions that interest us include: What is knowledge? What is the difference between opinion or belief and knowledge? When are we justified in claiming to know something? What are the sources of knowledge? Is epistemology reducible to psychology or another science? Does knowing something depend on one’s viewpoint?

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

    The relation between the mental and the physical is a long-standing philosophical issue with much contemporary relevance and interest. You'll explore the origins of the modern form of this problem in the Cartesian turn in philosophy as well as Descartes’ own attempted solution, psycho-physical dualism.

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

    You will learn how to analyse philosophical theories and arguments contained in texts of classical philosophy and explore their relevance to contemporary philosophical debates.

  • Politics of the Middle East

  • Macroeconomics

    You will develop an understanding of how variables, such as inflation, employment and production, interact in order to define the economic performance of a nation. You'll be able to identify the results of specific public policy actions in terms of monetary and fiscal policy, and discuss and analyse the economics and politics of different nations.

  • Microeconomics

    Microeconomics is the area of economics which studies the behaviour and interaction of economic agents (individuals, households, firms and the government). This module advances basic knowledge of microeconomics towards an ability to understand and explain concepts and models of behaviour at an intermediate level, covering consumer behaviour and the theory of the firm and market structure.

  • Development Economics

    The focus of this module is on developing countries and their opportunities for, and constraints to, economic development. You'll be introduced to the role of economics in understanding the nature and processes of economic development, and explore prominent contemporary economic issues faced by developing countries.

  • Understanding the European Union

    Learn about the history and politics of the European Union. You'll assess the EU's main actors, such as the European Council, Council, Commission and European Parliament, and its core policies, the European Single Market, Economic and Monetary Union, environmental policy and the Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as the implications of Brexit.

  • Understanding America

    This module will provide you with a general introduction to the political culture and institutions of the United States, and the environment in which those institutions operate. You'll learn about the USA’s international role and behaviour and the complex relationship between the domestic and international aspects of American politics.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Combined Dissertation

  • Philosophy of Law

    You will learn how to critically explore themes on contemporary philosophy of law from different theoretical perspectives (positivist, natural law, feminist jurisprudence, law and economics).

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

    Examine and critique ethical perspectives on human use of, and interaction with, nonhuman animals. This module introduces you to a range of philosophical perspectives and the implications of these perspectives for applied animal ethics cases and for relevant political and legal contexts.

  • Dangerous Minds

    Study the fascinating relationship between ideas, the people who promote them, and political practice. From Plato, to Machiavelli, Gentile, Heidegger, Schmitt, and Strauss, explore just how influential and dangerous ideas can be.

  • Contemporary House of Commons

  • One Semester Abroad

    An opportunity to study for a semester abroad at any of our partner institutions. Select a number of modules on offer from the host institution to count towards your Hull degree.

  • One-Trimester Internship

    Take the opportunity of applying your degree learned knowledge in a real working environment provided by one of our unique internship opportunities: and enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.

  • Advanced Business Economics

    Examine how economics can be applied to issues of current concern to business. We will explore how governments deal with the problems of monopoly, and the consequences of imperfect information and uncertainty.

  • Labour Economics

    This module takes an analytical look at fundamental themes and issues in modern labour economics. Labour economics spans both microeconomics and macroeconomics, but you'll focus more on microeconomic issues (such as those addressed by the income-leisure model).

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

    How should we reason about justice, equality, liberty and democracy? You will explore ways of thinking about these topics through critical readings of leading contemporary political philosophers.

  • Short Dissertation

    This module enables you to undertake independent research on a question of your choice. Working with an academic across your final semester, you will write a 6,000-word dissertation.

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

    This module provides a critical overview of the different ways of theorising the relation between gender, science, and knowledge. It explores the concepts of objectivity, rationality, and nature within scientific thinking by focusing on the gendered nature of knowledge and provides opportunities to reflect critically on the idea that that science is a cultural product, which is nonetheless not fictional.

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

    How should we think about the environment? And how should we act towards to it? You'll study environmental attitudes, the politics and ideology of environmentalism, its ethics and philosophy, pressure groups and political parties, and the principles of environmental policy.

  • Labour’s Thinkers

  • Critics of Capitalism

    In this module, you study some of the most important critics of politics and the economy in capitalist societies. You'll explores issues such as capitalist oppression, the nature of work, the corruption of music and art by "big business", vanity and alienation, exploitation, and the capitalism's alleged continuing imperialist machinations, as well as exploring alternatives to capitalism.

  • UK Politics in an Age of Austerity

    Explore the most important contemporary political debates about economic, social and political renewal. You'll cover topics such as: Brexit, austerity, reform of the National Health Service, the future of the welfare state, foreign policy, constitutional reform, and the politics of the two major UK political parties.

  • Applied Business Economics

    Building on the knowledge gained from previous modules, you'll analyse the decisions of firms and the effects of their decisions on society. The topics covered may vary from year to year, and might include price discrimination, imperfect competition, advertising, innovation, and network externalities.

  • Economics of Government

    In many countries, the state's share of spending is more than 30 per cent. This module explores how governments decides on their spending and how they raise the money to pay for it.

If you opt for the One-Semester Internship, you'll have access to our exclusive seminar series presented by senior parliamentary officials including Black Rod, the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Commons.

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More about this course

This is one of the longest-running courses of its kind in the country and a flagship programme for the University, attracting and producing some of our highest-calibre students, many of whom go on to a careers in politics. Students are trained not merely to absorb information but to engage, to debate, to influence and to lead. The aim is to develop a portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to public life. The degree is taught by leading experts who are based in the same school, making it a fully integrated programme of study.

You can secure three months’ work experience in the House of Commons thanks to the largest integrated Westminster placement scheme in Britain, or spend three months studying at a university in Europe, the USA or Hong Kong, giving your studies an international context. The programme offers small-group tutorials and one-on-one supervision matched by only a tiny number of courses in the UK. You can also role-play international crises and go on trips to the heart of European politics in Brussels.

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Our teaching staff

Studying philosophy at Hull, means doing philosophy. It’s been taught here since we first opened our doors in 1927.

Our graduates are so numerous at Westminster and Whitehall, they’ve become known as the 'Hull Mafia'.

Our graduates go on to successful careers with illustrious organisations such as J P Morgan, Rolls-Royce, The Home Office, Rothschild and BP.

Learn with state-of-the-art business software in our inspiring Grade II listed buildings.

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Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

The BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree is targeted at those at those aiming at leadership in public service. It's taken by students with a variety of professional career destinations in mind, including politics, finance, law and journalism.

Other career paths pursued by our graduates include teaching, lecturing, media production, publishing, the Civil Service, business and the charity sector. Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates.

The University also provides comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews with fully trained advisers and CV workshops. All services remain open to graduates whenever they're required throughout your career.