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Oxford Brookes University

Philosophy/Politics

UCAS Code: LV25

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 x GCSE - Grade 4, normally to include Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

English Standard Level - Grade 4

UCAS Tariff

112
88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2018

Subjects

Philosophy

Politics

This is a combined honours course, where you study Philosophy alongside Politics. Philosophy tackles some of the most exciting and fundamental questions about human nature and our place in the world, such as whether the mind is a computer and if it is rational to believe in God. You will explore the way we think and reason and the assumptions that underpin what we think we know about ourselves and the world. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the history of philosophy and contemporary debates, as well as the ability to ask challenging questions, reach reasoned conclusions and express yourself with clarity and precision. The study of politics is the study of power. It starts by examining the roots and nature of political activity set in the context of wider social activity. It also explores governments and types of governance, as well as the nature of power and rule under democratic and non-democratic regimes. After the first year, you will have the opportunity to participate in the design of your own course of study with guidance from your teachers, following your own areas of interests.

Modules

In the Philosophy element of the course, what you study includes: Year 1 modules include Introduction to Philosophy, Academic Literacy: Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics and Theory of Knowledge. Years 2 and 3 let you grapple with the ideas of great thinkers from Plato to Wittgenstein and examine contemporary developments in areas ranging from the philosophy of mind to culture, gender and sexuality. In the Politics element of the course, what you study includes: Year 1 focuses on the theme of democracy, introducing you to a range of political ideologies and systems, and examining how and why citizens do or do not participate in politics. In Years 2 and 3 you can choose such subjects as political thought, counter terrorism, comparative welfare states, the political sociology of crime and disorder, identity politics, the politics of specific states, or unions of states, such as the UK, the EU, the USA, Russia, Central Asia and South Africa, as well as placement learning.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,150
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Oxford Brookes University

Department:

Combined Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
low
Philosophy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
66%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Politics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,900
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Childcare and related personal services
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

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£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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