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Social SciencesUndergraduate study

VL52 BA Philosophy and Politics (3 yrs)

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Introducing your degree

A Philosophy and Politics degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent and rigorous education exploring fundamental and far-reaching issues concerning human welfare and social justice, political ideals and political realities. During the BA in Philosophy and Politics at Southampton you will gain an in-depth knowledge of core issues within philosophy and politics while also pursuing your own interests through optional modules.

Your time here will be rich, stimulating and enjoyable, and you will graduate as an independently-minded, confident individual with the skills required for a successful career.

Overview

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Programme Structure

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a philosopher and political scientist by completing either a dissertation in either of your subjects.

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Key Facts

Unusually wide range of courses, with much of our teaching conducted in genuinely small groups

Philosophy at Southampton was ranked second in the UK for graduate prospects by the Times Good University Guide 2014

High contact hours, including small group teaching with faculty from your first year.

Politics modules span subfields of political theory, comparative politics and international relations, with core modules on democracy and the modern state.

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You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code VL54 when you apply through UCAS.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB from three A levels.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 or 32 points overall, 17 or 16 at higher level
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Over each year you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject.

You may take up to two optional modules from outside your degree subjects. 

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

If your programme allows you to choose free elective modules, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please email your Student Office if you have any queries regarding your module options.

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In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a philosopher and political scientist by completing a dissertation in one of your subjects.

Year 3

Students must choose PAIR3003 (Politics Dissertation) or PHIL3013 (Philosophy Dissertation) in their final year.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS PHIL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?£0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
OtherIT: Computer discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
OtherIT: Software licenses - All software is provided
OtherIT: Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
PlacementsPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

What can you do with a Philosophy and Politics degree? Almost anything! That's because Philosophy and Politics teach you not what to think, but how to think. This is, as a Times report on Philosophy put it, "the ultimate transferable work skill".

Our students have gone on to succeed in a dazzling range of careers, including business, law, medicine, journalism, teaching, IT, the civil service, advertising, film and television, and finance. The 2013 Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey found that 90% of our Philosophy graduates were in work or study six months after finishing their degree, with 80% of those in full-time employment occupying professional or managerial roles. You can find out more about some of our graduates on our Alumni: Where are they now?' pages for Philosophy and Politics.

During your degree you will learn skills such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analysis
  • Clear oral and written communication
  • Mental agility
  • The ability to appreciate different points of view
  • Working in groups

Don't just take our word for it. In a survey of results in the American GRE tests (tests of verbal, quantitative and analytical skills), Philosophy graduates achieved better average scores than graduates of any other humanities or social science subject.

Career skills are embedded throughout every stage of our course and are developed at every moment of study. Certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communications skills. In addition, there are work experience opportunities to help you understand how your transferable skills apply in the workplace. The university's Excel placement scheme offers around 150 Christmas, Easter and summer placements in a range of companies.

Learning & Assessment

Combine pleasure with learning
Combine pleasure with learning

Our teaching draws upon the cutting-edge research of Southampton's academics, all of whom are actively engaged in presenting and publishing their work in philosophy and politics to international audiences.

We place special emphasis on small group teaching. Alongside lectures, you will participate from your first year of study in tutorials and seminars in which you will explore and develop your own ideas in discussion with fellow students and staff.

You will be assessed by more than just essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in teams, give presentations, submit group projects, develop websites, and manage larger research projects such as dissertations.

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, a leading academic who provides help and support at every level of study.

Throughout your degree, we impart advanced skills in reasoning, research, communication, and analysis, skills which, alongside the support offered by the University's career service, will prepare you for further study or a future career.

Study Locations

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