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University of East Anglia UEA

Philosophy and Politics

UCAS Code: LV25

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.

Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

BTEC Public Services is not accepted

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,C,C

A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

128

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Philosophy

Politics

The study of philosophy and politics have been closely intertwined ever since the days of the ancient Greeks. This course gives you a strong foundation in both subjects and examines the interplay between the two. You’ll combine historical reflection with cutting-edge work on the questions and theories that are live in philosophy and politics today.

This course is ideal for those that want to get to the heart of world events and theories, both of the past and of today. A degree in Philosophy and Politics from UEA will set you on course for a variety of highly regarded careers in the private and public sector, including politics, journalism, the civil service, international relations, marketing and academia.

On this course you’ll gain invaluable knowledge in the most significant areas of political and philosophical thought, sharpening your skills of analysis and debate. You will be encouraged from the start to form your own opinions, while nurturing your ability to listen carefully and make judgments. Working with leading academics, you will be guided to develop your awareness of governance and society, as well as the essential concepts and values of philosophy. All this will set you on the path to becoming a well-rounded philosophical thinker as well as politically engaged individual, able to think for yourself and see beyond the obvious.

Philosophy and politics thrive on discussion. So as well as lectures and your own study, you will engage in debate around the most important issues in both fields. Bringing your questioning approach and unique perspective to each discussion will give you all the benefits that come from dialogue with your peers and tutors, and from teamwork. You’ll learn to think rigorously and defend your views clearly and confidently.

Philosophy is the art of thinking clearly about life’s most profound questions. This makes it the perfect partner to political study, where we examine what happens when the issues that matter most come to the fore in real terms. On this course you will delve into the latest political thinking and engage in the rigour of philosophical thought. You will study an array of fascinating historical and topical areas, learning from world experts in both fields. The course also offers the chance to study abroad.

Throughout your studies you will learn from experts who are engaged in influential research. You’ll develop working relationships with these members of staff, meaning you will benefit from access to the very latest research in both disciplines. At UEA our highly-respected tutors specialise in a range of subjects, from the future of our planet, the rights of future generations, and our Western intellectual and cultural heritage from the ancient Greeks onwards, to the great works of political thought, literature, cinema and art.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication 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.

80%
med
Philosophy
84%
med
Politics

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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
56%
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

93%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
406

Politics

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

76%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
409

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Business, finance 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
95%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
7%
Business, finance and related 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.

Historical, philosophical and religious studies

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

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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.

Social sciences

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

£16k

£16k

£23k

£23k

£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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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