Philosophy and Politics at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

Course summary

Overview The big questions facing society are both political and philosophical. Is democracy broken? Can we achieve environmental justice? Should media be under tighter control? Because the political arena is guided by big ideas, bringing the rigour of philosophical thinking to your political engagements and actions will have great benefits for you and your community. At UEA, you’ll work with world experts in both politics and philosophy to become a more informed citizen or perhaps even a future politician campaigning for office, or an activist trying to change the terms of a socially important debate. Your politics and philosophy degree at UEA will offer you a range of module options covering fascinating historical and contemporary topics in philosophy, political theory and political philosophy, as well as a solid foundation through core modules exploring the philosophical and political landscape of past and current debates. About UEA’s Philosophy and Politics degree is designed to allow you to engage equally with both disciplines. You can also shape the degree in the direction of your core interests which might align more to one or the other subject. Your choice of optional modules will define the way in which this degree will shape your future career path. The philosophy experts at UEA are engaged in issues that relate to the future of our planet – and to future generations. Alongside the Western intellectual and cultural heritage, from the Ancient Greeks to the great works of modern political philosophy in the West, you’ll be invited to take a module in world philosophies that covers an array of thinkers from the Middle East and Asia. You could further explore the influence of culture on a series of political issues by choosing modules in philosophy of literature and aesthetics. UEA’s political scientists and international relations experts will guide your study of democracy’s philosophical underpinnings and will help you understand better the clash between different world views, and the ideological basis of utopian political systems. You’ll come to appreciate why philosophy is so central to politics – and why all politicians should have a better grasp of different traditions of thought. We sometimes see politicians and commentators who are let down by sloppy thinking, their inability to detect and deflect the shoddy rhetoric of the interviewers, or their simple misunderstandings of basic distinctions. These are traps that you will be able to avoid in your future careers thus making a difference to how a future political order might look like. By year 2, you’ll feel well equipped to decide which aspects of philosophy and politics you want to pursue further. You can pursue either an equal number of modules in each subject or opt for a more specialized cluster of modules (either in philosophy or political science). You will take one compulsory keystone module, which will give you the opportunity to combine the skills, methods and concepts from philosophy and politics. You can further deepen your understanding of politico-philosophical topics by choosing a complementary module in year 3. In your final year, you’ll pursue a research-led project where you will write a dissertation on a topic that closely reflects your interests and theoretical strengths. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £19250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
Philosophy and Politics at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS