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Queen's University Belfast

Philosophy and Politics

UCAS Code: VLM2
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
Student score
82% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
89% LOW
90% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
£15k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
BBBBB

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£4,030

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Philosophy addresses some of the fundamental questions of human thought and existence, such as: What is knowledge? Is there a God? Do we have free will? Is the mind identical to the brain? What is the nature and foundation of morality? Is democracy the best form of government? How can we tell a good argument from a bad argument? By studying the subject at Queen's, you will be joining a vibrant and friendly School that aims to combine excellence in teaching with a first-class student experience. As part of your degree, you will learn about cutting-edge debates in core areas of philosophy, such as ethics, metaphysics, theory of knowledge and political philosophy, as well as studying some of the key thinkers in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Mill and Marx. You will also develop your skills in reasoning and argumentation by studying formal logic and critical thinking.

Modules

Year 1 modules include: Logic and critical thinking; perspectives on politics; philosophy and human nature; philosophy and the good life. Years 2 and 3 modules include: Applied ethics; contemporary critical theory; contemporary theories of justice; epistemology; history of philosophy; metaphysics; mind and nature; modern political thought; moral theories; philosophical theology; philosophy of law; philosophy of mind; philosophy of science; scholastic ethics; scholastic metaphysics; the religious and the secular in modern political thought; dissertation.

Queen's University Belfast

Queens University Belfast main building

Queen's University Belfast, a Russell Group university, provides an exceptional education underpinned by world-class research. With a new library, sporting facilities, employability opportunities, one of the best students' unions in the UK and Ireland, and a social life second to none - including one of the best NI gig venues - the Queen's community offers a life-changing student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

21%
79%

Year 2

21%
79%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
9%
81%
10%

Year 1

4%
86%
10%

Year 2

4%
86%
10%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
47% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
376 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

7%

Graduates who are customer service occupations

6%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

72%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

99%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
42% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
375 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
13% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% MED
Average graduate salary £15k LOW
Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are customer service occupations

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. 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 education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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