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University of Southampton

Philosophy and Politics

UCAS Code: VL52
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

87%

Subjects
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
Student score
84% MED
86% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
85% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20.5k MED
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

AAB to ABB from 3 A Levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Please contact us directly via email at UGApply.FH@soton.ac.uk for information on the grade requirements for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 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

87%

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

£9,250

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

The programme provides you with the opportunity to focus on fundamental questions concerning the legitimacy of the state, the nature of freedom and human rights, and the relationship between politics, law and morality.

Modules

Philosophy: Year 1: Introduction to the main problems of philosophy developed by studying the works of historical and modern philosophers. Year 2: The Empiricists and Rationalists: courses chosen from a range of options in such areas as: Frege; Russell; Wittgenstein; aesthetics; self and society; theories of justice; Marx and Engels; contemporary continental philosophy; latter Wittgenstein; philosophy of mind; varieties of scepticism; epistemology; philosophy of religion. Year 3: Kant; courses chosen from a range of options including: 19th-century ethics; philosophy of mathematics; philosophical logic; Collingwood; Heidegger; critical realism; Shakespeare and Descartes; ethics and literature; philosophy of science. Politics: Year 1: Introductory modules in politics and political theory. Years 2-3: Range of options.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
23%
77%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
20%
66%
14%

Year 1

31%
61%
8%

Year 2

12%
81%
7%

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 90%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

94%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

74%

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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
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
40% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
342 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £20.5k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

12%

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 94%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

92%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

87%

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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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
46% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
347 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
97% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 85% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

5%

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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