University of Bristol

Degree level: Undergraduate

Philosophy and Politics

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Course summary

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This course combines philosophy with the study of politics and international relations. This provides a valuable skill set ideally tailored to the increasingly globalised workplace. For philosophy, you will study units including Introduction to Philosophy, Logic and Critical Thinking and Realism and Normativity, and may write an extended essay. In politics, you will study the politics of individual countries and governments, and the relationships between them, communities and individuals. You will become familiar with many different views and methods, and learn to analyse and evaluate them. Politics is organised around three themes:

  • political theory
  • comparative and national politics
  • international relations.
The first year includes compulsory units to ensure you have a solid grounding in the discipline and you will have greater choice as you progress through the course. In your final year you will choose from a range of units closely linked to staff research interests, which are unique to Bristol. Units cover subjects such as political theory, international relations, UK politics, US politics, gender, security and conflict. There is a strong emphasis on research skills, with a compulsory unit in the first year and the possibility to complete a dissertation in the final year. You will also have the opportunity to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university. Both schools encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment. This course combination offers an enriching experience with exciting intellectual challenges.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeVL52
Institution code B78
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and accepts a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate study. If you studied at a school, college or university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualification equivalences, scholarships and details of our education representatives in your country/region: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB - AAA Standard offer: AAA including an essay-based subject. Contextual offer: ABB including an essay-based subject Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/contextual-offers/ for more information about contextual offers.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD DDD in a relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: - at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and - at least 12 credits at Distinction in essay-based subjects. Additional written work may be required; please contact the Enquiries team for details. Mature students are welcome to contact [email protected] to check the suitability of their Access course.
Scottish Higher AAAAB Standard Higher: AAAAB
Scottish Advanced Higher AA Advanced Higher: AA including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 32 points Standard offer: 36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject. Contextual offer: 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/contextual-offers/ for more information about contextual offers.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE profiles: Higher numeracy requirement (6 or B in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent). For more information: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/

European Baccalaureate offer: 85% overall with 8.5 in an essay-based subject. Essay-based subjects include Ancient History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; Economics; English Language; English Literature; Environmental Studies; Film; Geography; Government and Politics; Health and Social Care; History; History of Art; Latin; Law; Media Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious Studies; Social Care; Social Policy; Sociology; Theatre Studies; Welsh.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2021/politics-international-relations/bsc-philosophy-politics/


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
EU £20100 Year 1
International £20100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Philosophy and Politics at University of Bristol - UCAS