BSc Philosophy and Politics (VL52)

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UCAS code VL52
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 21

About BSc Philosophy and Politics

This course combines philosophy with the study of politics and international relations. This provides a valuable skill set ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace.

For Philosophy, you will study units including Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, and Realism and Normativity, and write an extended essay.

You will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between countries, communities, and individuals. You will become familiar with many different views and methods, and learn to analyse and evaluate them.

Politics is organised around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.

The first year includes four compulsory units to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline. You will have greater choice as you progress through the course. In your final year, this includes a range of units which are closely linked to staff research interests and thus unique to Bristol. Units cover subjects such as political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, gender, security and conflict. There is a strong emphasis on research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and the possibility to complete a dissertation in the final year.

Bristol has an enviable record for its research and teaching both in politics and philosophy.  Both schools encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment as staff respond in their teaching to new research. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university.

More about Politics and International Relations

Find out more about studying Politics and International Relations at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Introduction to Formal Logic
  • An optional unit in Philosophy
  • Political Concepts
  • Comparative Government and Politics:  An Introduction
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science

Second year

  • Realism and Normativity
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Theories of International Relations
  • A free choice of two second-year Politics units

Third year

  • Extended essay in Philosophy
  • Two further optional units in Philosophy
  • Free choice of three third-year Politics units from a range of options, including the possibility of undertaking a dissertation.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Philosophy
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics

Typical offer for BSc Philosophy and Politics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including at least one social science or arts subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including at least one social science or arts subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in a social science or arts subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a social science or arts subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including at least one social science or arts subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B or above in Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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