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

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
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

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Principles of Economics 1

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

  • World Economy

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • History of Political Thought

  • British Government

  • Microeconomics

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Ways of Knowing

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Politics of the Middle East

  • Macroeconomics

  • Development Economics

  • Understanding the European Union

  • Understanding America

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Combined Dissertation

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

  • Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA

  • Dangerous Minds

  • Contemporary House of Commons

  • One Semester Abroad

  • One-Semester Internship

  • Advanced Business Economics

  • Labour Economics

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • Short Dissertation

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography

  • Labour’s Thinkers

  • Critics of Capitalism

  • UK Politics in an Age of Austerity

  • Applied Business Economics

  • Economics of Government

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.

“I really liked how diverse the modules were because it meant that I could choose particular topics that interested me.”

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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.

Teaching and Learning

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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.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

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.