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 2016/17 18

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.

In politics, 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, and 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.

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

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

More about Politics and International Relations

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

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

Standard offer
AAA including A in a social science or arts subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including A in a social science or arts subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall including 18 points at Higher Level, with 6 at Higher Level in a social science or arts subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall including 16 at Higher Level, with 6 at Higher Level in a social science or arts subject
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 a social science or arts subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in a social science or arts subject
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade B in Mathematics
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.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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