University of Central Lancashire

Politics, Philosophy and Society University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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Studying Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills. If your ideal career requires clear thinking, talking, or writing, we'll help you prepare. Alongside this you will have the opportunity to further your own understanding of politics through the critical evaluation of political ideas, institutions and policy and decision-making processes in a national and international context. The course will equip you to understand the nature and extent of political theory, history of political thought, and political philosophy, to develop your own perspective and become more aware of traditional and current debates that concern political scientists. Discussion and debate is a distinctive feature of both Politics and Philosophy teaching, and you will be encouraged and supported to discuss and develop your own ideas both inside and outside of formal teaching sessions.

A philosophy degree is particularly suited to careers in advertising, the civil service, education, film and television, information technology, journalism, law, marketing, and management. However, the emphasis we place on transferrable skills means that philosophy graduates are able to apply these skills in differing contexts and have confidence and ability to work effectively in a varied range of occupations. You can learn a language and travel abroad with awards and bursaries through Worldwise, and spend a year or a semester studying overseas. Recent philosophy graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or teaching in primary schools and secondary schools (including A level Philosophy and/or Religious Studies), higher and further education institutes and teaching English abroad. Others have gone into management and administration in a range of public and private sector organisations.

Course details


Year 1

Politics: Power, Politics and the State, Global Politics, British Politics, International Security and Economics, Communities, Cultures and Identities

Philosophy: Reason and Argument, The Value of Knowledge: What is Education For?, Knowledge and Freedom, Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics

Sociology: Sociological Ways of Thinking, Youth, Identity and Difference, Media and Culture, Doing Social Research

Economics: Introduction to Economics (30 credits)* (Prerequisite for students taking the Economics strand within the Society theme)

Social Policy: Contextualising Welfare 1: The Development of UK Social Policy, Society in Focus: A Sociological Understanding. Contextualising Welfare 2: Theories, Concepts and Issues

Year 2

Politics: Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches, History of Political Ideas, Research Methods in International Relations and Politics, Radical Political Ideas in Modern Britain

Philosophy: Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, Foundations of Ethics, Phenomenology and Existentialism

Sociology: Contemporary Thinkers, Sociology of Religion, Innovative Research, Sociology of Social Movements

Economics: Methodology and Diversity in Economics, Social Economics, European Economic Development

Social Policy: Power, Oppression and Society, Race, Racism and Ethnicity, Comparative Social Welfare

Year 3

New single and double PPS dissertation modules. Students may be supervised by staff in Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics or Social Policy (or by a suitable combination where the dissertation is significantly interdisciplinary).

Politics: Ethics, War and Society, Continuity and Change in British Politics, Political Islam and Islamic Movements, Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy, Terrorism and Security

Philosophy: Contemporary Ethical Theory, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Modern European Thought, Philosophy of Language, Humanity, Values and the Environment

Sociology: Global Social Divisions, Sex, Violence and Strategies, Sexy Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and the Body, Sociology of Disability

Economics: Philosophical Themes in Economics, Economics of the Public Sector, Economics of Trade, Aid and Development, Economic Policy

Social Policy: Critical Social Policy, Racism and Social Welfare, Social Theory and Contextual Analysis, Disability Studies

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code VL52
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level 104 UCAS points at A2
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma 106 UCAS points
Scottish Higher 104 UCAS points
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 104 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 104 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 UCAS points

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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