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

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Science and Society

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

  • Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy

Optional modules

  • Global Political Challenges

  • God, Evil and the Meaning of Life

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • History of Political Thought

  • British Government

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Theorising Gender

  • Understanding States and Markets

  • Contemporary Epistemology

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • 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

  • 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

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.”

Clara Wisenfeld Paine Watch Video

"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.

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

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.