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BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences with Philosophy
BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences with Philosophy

BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences with Philosophy

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

This degree is designed for students who would like to develop a strong philosophical dimension to their study of social and political sciences.

You'll be taught by world-leading academics across four departments and study the most up-to-date theories in social and political sciences. As your studies progress you'll have the flexibility to tailor your degree to allow you to focus on your own interests, from globalisation, human rights and the future of the welfare state to migration, equality and social justice.

You'll have the opportunity to contribute to your own high-profile seminar series and become involved in the dynamic student-run SPS Society. You'll be encouraged to take up an internship or work placement in which you'll get first-hand experience of the work you're interested in.

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Year 1

Your first year will provide a strong foundation in philosophy, politics, sociology and social policy.

You'll take introductory modules across Sociology, Politics and Social Policy, as well as the online skills module Beginning Philosophy. 

Core modules

Your core modules will cover topics such:

  • What is Politics? 

  • Introduction to Sociological Theory 

  • Contemporary Issues in Social & Political Sciences 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Reason and Argument 

  • Early Modern Philosophy 

  • Ethics

  • Knowledge and Perception 

Year 2

You'll study our core interdisciplinary module, a choice of Philosophy modules and have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of option modules. You'll need to study at least one module from each of Politics, Sociology and Social Policy during your final two years.

Core module

Your core modules will cover topics such as:

  • Doing Research

Option modules


In the second year you'll study a mix of key ideas modules and option modules.

Key Ideas options may include:

  • Feminist Philosophy 

  • Philosophy of Mind 

  • Spinoza and Leibniz 

Short Key Ideas options may include:

  • Applied Ethics (Short) 

  • Philosophy of Science (Short) 

  • Intermediate Logic (Short)

Option modules may include:

  • Philosophy of Time 

  • Causation and Laws 

  • Reading Sartre 

You will also take a selection of option modules across the other departments, examples of which may include:

Department of Sociology

  • Gender, Sexuality & Inequality 

  • Popular Culture, Media and Society 

  • Contemporary Political Sociology 

  • Social Interaction and Conversational Analysis 

  • Sociology of Health and Illness 

  • Nature, Culture and Technology 

  • Division & Inequalities: Race & Ethnicity, Class & Religion 

  • Sociology @ work 

Department of Politics

  • State, Economy and Society 

  • War and Peace 

  • Politics in the United Kingdom 

  • The United States and Global Politics after the Cold War 

  • Critical Global Security Studies 

  • Global Political Economy 

  • The Politics of Gender 

Department of Social Policy 

  • Community Development and Social Change 

  • Understanding Childhood and Youth 

  • Social Inequalities 

  • The Policy Process 

  • Comparative Social Policy

  • Victimisation and Social Harm 

  • Debates in Criminal Justice 

Year 3


  • Dissertation 

Your dissertation will engage you in independent research in social and political science. You’ll work closely with a personal academic supervisor who will help to guide your research and keep your project on track, helping you to develop valuable transferable skills for future research and careers.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

Department of Sociology

  • Paranormal in Society 

  • Advanced Social Theory 

  • Humans and Other Animals 

  • Body & Society 

  • Imagining Sociological Alternatives 

  • Crime, Gender & Sexuality 

  • The Global Transformation of Health 

  • The Racial State 

  • Morbidity, Culture and Corpses 

  • Emotions in a Social World 

  • Cinema, Cities and Historical Sociology 

  • Performance and Society 

  • Sociology of the Future 

Department of Politics

  • Governing the Global Economy 

  • Political Participation and Democracy

  • Global Politics of Nuclear Weapons

  • Green Politics 

  • The Labour Party and Socialism 

  • Ethnicity and Conflict 

  • Regionalism in World Politics 

  • Governmentality: Michel Foucault and the Analytics of Power 

  • Contemporary Politics of South Asia 

  • Political Transition in the Middle East: A Century of Conflict

  • Global Sustainability and Energy Policy

  • Health and World Politics 

  • Britain in a Changing Global Economic Order 

  • Ethics and International Politics 

  • The Politics of (Post-) Colonialism

  • Development Paradigms 

Department of Social Policy

  • Poverty and Inequality 

  • Love, Intimacy and Family Policy 

  • Welfare States and Economic Crises 

  • Crime and Punishment (Law module) 

  • Prisons and Penal Policy 

  • Vulnerability, Deviance and Social Control 

  • Illicit Drug Use 

  • Education Policy: Divisions and Inequalities 

  • Sex Work: Lived Experiences, Policies and Perspectives 

  • Migration, Immigration and Social Policy 

  • Criminal Justice and Policing 

Department of Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Physics 

  • German Idealism: Moral, Legal & Political Philosophy 

  • Philosophy of Art from Hume to Tolstoy 

  • Consciousness 

  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics

  • Value and the Meaning of Life 

  • Foundations of Mathematics 

  • Wittgenstein and Philosophy 

  • Philosophy of Psychology 

  • Philosophy of Law 

  • From Marx to Critical Theory

  • Theories of Social Justice 

  • Philosophy of Christianity 

  • Phenomenology and Psychiatry 

  • Philosophy of Islam 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers across the public and private sectors including:

  • Finance

  • Management

  • Social research

  • Public administration

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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