philosophy
Year of entry:
UCAS code: LV25

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'll be personal feedback and assessment review sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building group exercises.

The role of assessment isn't just to test but to further develop your skills and abilities. You'll engage in individual and group assessment activities, delivered orally as well as in written form and through formats such as essays, exams, coursework, presentations, poster 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.

  • Science and Society

    This module offers you an introduction to the history and philosophy of science, examining the nature of scientific knowledge and practice, set in its historical and social context, and in relation to some relevant contemporary controversies (e.g. the relation between naturalism and religion — particularly creationism — as well as other alternative world views) and asks whether, and how, science is different from other modes of investigating and thinking about the world.

  • 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.

Optional modules

  • Global Political Challenges

  • God, Evil and the Meaning of Life

    You will examine claims about the existence of God and the nature of religious faith. You'll consider whether religious statements are meaningful, whether the fact of pain and suffering counts strongly, or even conclusively, against the existence of God, whether religious beliefs are merely a projection of human desires, and whether the idea of life having a purpose stands and falls with a belief in God.

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

  • Moral Philosophy

    Some of the central theories and arguments in the fields of metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics are explored and evaluated. You study key issues such as the nature of morality, moral truth and moral epistemology, and you're encouraged to reflect critically on the foundations of morality.

  • Theorising Gender

    You'll examine differing ways of theorising gender relations, looking at the basis of masculinity and femininity and how these notions are involved in the production of gendered subjectivities. Drawing on feminist sources, alongside contemporary writings on masculinity, critiques from gay and lesbian studies, and recent work on transgendering and transsexuality, recognition is given to the diversity of gendered constructions, the relationship of gender and sexuality, and the intersections of gender with other social divisions.

  • Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy

    Discover the history of ideas in political economy, and the relevance of these ideas for contemporary politics. You’ll explore the ideas of all the major schools, including the work of Adam Smith, Friedrich List, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, Marianna Mazzucato, Joseph Stiglitz, and the student-led campaign for greater pluralism in economics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Hate, Violence and Pornography

  • 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.

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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"I'm currently being taught by Lord Norton of Louth, so I'm being taught by people who are actually currently sitting in the House of Lords."

Lucy Dunwell

More about this course

Students on the BA Philosophy and Politics programme study in what we call the ‘the Hull way’. You don't just receive ideas and instruction: you learn how to engage, to debate, to influence and to lead. World-leading experts in both of these complementary disciplines teach this unique combined honours course, working together to make the programme more integrated than similar courses elsewhere run. Studying philosophy and politics together teaches you to think about matters of fundamental importance from a wider perspective.

We offer the largest integrated Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs. You can secure three months' work experience in the House of Commons, or you could spend the first three months of your final year studying at a university in Europe, the USA or Hong Kong, giving your studies an international context. The course offers small-group tutorials and one-on-one supervision unmatched by the vast majority of UK courses. You can also role-play international crises and go on trips to the heart of European politics in Brussels.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

82%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

13%

87%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

55%

45%

Second year

35%

8%

57%

Final year

30%

2%

68%

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

Debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, while developing valuable skills in analytical and critical thinking.

The largest Westminster placement scheme in the UK, with unmatched access to MPs.

Our expert staff are recognised globally as contributing to the cutting-edge of political research.

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.

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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

This joint course helps to prepare you for a variety of careers including working with political parties, think tanks, the Civil Service, human rights work, lobbying, international organisations, charity work, teaching, journalism and public relations. You can also choose to go on to further study.

We like to keep in touch with graduates via our Graduates' Association. Members are notified of interesting news and events in the political arena and receive an annual copy of the Graduate Directory – an excellent networking tool, particularly in the early stages of your career.

The University provides comprehensive help from our dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews with trained advisers and CV workshops. It's open to all students, and services remain available to graduates whenever they're required.