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Study Politics and Philosophy at Hull

Choose Politics and debate the key political issues of the day, from wealth and inequality to the use of violence for political ends. Or choose Philosophy, the ultimate interdisciplinary subject, where you’ll apply creative and critical reasoning and gain skills for a fulfilling life and a rewarding career.

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We take you to the heart of contemporary debate

Here at Hull, we're at the heart of British politics with our parliamentary placement programme. This unique initiative – which gives students a trimester or year-long placement in Westminster – has been running for over 35 years.

This marriage of theory and practice is a prominent feature of our teaching and research. We don’t just say, we do. Whether it’s our strong links to Westminster or our close working ties with the British Armed Forces, we give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience and lay the groundwork for your future career.

You'll be trained to engage, to debate, to influence and to lead. The aim is to develop your portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to public life through small-group tutorials and one-on-one supervision.

We apply this same approach to our philosophy programme. As the ultimate interdisciplinary subject, you’ll apply creative and critical reasoning to all areas of human enquiry through a combination of foundation texts as well as important contemporary philosophical debates.

With topics such as ethics, consciousness, free will, reality, truth and justice, you’ll explore emerging issues like AI, gender, image technology, science and the environment – giving you a wider perspective on modern society, as well as skills that employers value.

100% success

100% of our philosophy students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating.¹

5th in the UK

Politics and Philosophy at Hull are ranked 5th in the UK for Student Experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.2

8th in the UK

Politics at Hull is ranked 8th in the UK for Value Added,3 with our staff delivering a breadth of perspectives on current trends in politics.

90+ years

Philosophy has been taught at Hull since 1928. As one of England’s oldest universities, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence.

Top 15 in the UK

Politics at Hull is joint 13th in the UK for Teaching Quality,4 demonstrating the quality of our lecturers, academics and staff.

Why study Politics or Philosophy
at Hull?

From your first steps on campus until the day you graduate and beyond, we’re always working to bring you the very best experiences and opportunities, which means there are loads of reasons to make Hull the place to launch your career.

On our Politics degrees, you can get access to Parliament – through which we’re accredited to teach the unique and highly regarded Parliamentary Studies module – or an alternative politics-related learning placement. BA Philosophy gives you the chance to gain experience in mentoring through our Peer-Assisted Student Success (PASS) scheme.



Our students take part in one of the UK's most extensive Westminster placement schemes, giving them unmatched access to the corridors of power.
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PASS it on

Gain experience in mentoring and leadership alongside your Philosophy studies by joining our Peer-Assisted Student Success (PASS) scheme.

Proven pathways

Politics, Philosophy and Economics degrees have produced political leaders, thinkers and commentators, from David Cameron to Robert Peston.
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Lead the way

Our courses are career-focused. We’ll train you to lead small group discussions so you’ll enhance your leadership skills on top of your degree.

Where could a degree in Politics or Philosophy take you?

Our courses open doors to a range of careers in politics, journalism, business and finance, the Civil Service, law, the Armed Forces, intelligence services and more.

Many of our graduates go on to work in Westminster but our courses promote intellectual integrity and a creative approach to problem solving: key skills that all employers value.

It’s an approach that has led to 100% of our philosophy students being in work or further study 15 months after graduating.¹

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First stop: University of Hull

Next stop:

Politician's Assistant

Business and Finance

Policy Officer


Civil Service

Publishing and Journalism

Government Social Research Officer

Public Relations

HM Armed Forces

Join the 'Hull Mafia'

Whichever of our Politics degrees you opt to study, the prospect of spending time on our Westminster placement scheme awaits. Our unique relationship with Parliament means that, wherever your interests lie, we’re most likely to be able to place you with an MP or Peer to suit.

Found throughout Westminster’s corridors of power, so numerous are Hull Politics students and graduates that they’re affectionately known as the ‘Hull Mafia’.


A world of opportunity awaits

To help you build an international perspective into your future career, we provide a wide range of opportunities to experience study and life in other parts of the world.

All of our three-year Politics programmes include the option to study a trimester in the likes of Europe, the USA, or Hong Kong – while our Global Hull service offers opportunities for every Hull student to travel and study abroad you wish.

Along the way, you’ll make unforgettable memories. But more than that, you’ll boost your confidence and your contacts.

At the heart of political research across the globe

The School of Politics and International Studies is a dynamic community involving researchers at all levels from students to professors. Our innovative, impactful research has achieved international recognition.

Areas of research strengths include British politics, legislative studies, political theory (including British idealism and social liberalism), environmental policy, international political economy, security studies, research into the internet and end-of-life care decisions.

Regional studies – such as the European Union and its member states, Latin American politics, and Middle East politics – are also research strengths of the school.

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. (Philosophy) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

2. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

3. (Joint 8th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

4. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.