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Our BA Politics & International Relations and Philosophy degree allows you to explore the ethical and philosophical questions that help to shape and challenge national and international politics and political agendas.

Here at Hertfordshire, as well as learning about philosophical and political theory, you’ll be doing rigorous and creative thinking of your own. Our internationally regarded academics will help you learn to address the arguments of others, to understand and engage with them so that you can arrive at your own conclusions and create your own original work.

You will also explore topical practical questions. Issues that arise as a result of increasing political focus on different dimensions of security, for example, are raised in the modules ‘Terrorism and Security’ and ‘The State in the 21st Century’. Philosophy will help you to understand the ethical implications and social situatedness of security politics through modules such as ‘Social and Political Philosophy’, ‘Contemporary Moral Philosophy” and ‘Nietzsche, Genealogy and Morality’.

Key social issues, such as, gender equality will be addressed from the perspective of both disciplines in ‘The Politics of Gender’ and in ‘Feminist Philosophy’. Modules will also debate the ways in which religious belief is a driving force behind social and political events in today’s globalised world.

You will be taught by experts who work at the cutting edge of their research disciplines and will share the excitement of doing original work in a supportive and highly-rated academic community. Our Philosophy team is in the top 15 in the Guardian League Table 2019 and rates as one of the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide in the 2017 QS rankings.

You will be able to undertake a placement or study abroad year to gain professional experience or increase global awareness to build skills relevant to your studies in Politics and International Relations and Philosophy.

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • A flexible programme of study across two complementary disciplines that allows you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • Exceptional teaching by academics conducting world-leading research
  • Innovative courses that enable you to understand the rewarding connection between these two disciplines
  • Transferable skills built through work placements, internships and extra-curricular activities
  • The chance to study for a year at one of our many partner institutions across the world

What job can I get?

The study of both politics and philosophy teaches you to ask penetrating questions and identify flawed arguments – skills sought by many employers. At Hertfordshire, you’ll develop other transferable skills, such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate ideas in a structured, productive way.

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the civil service, the media, publishing and information management.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

All Humanities students have the option to gain valuable career experience through a work placement or a year studying abroad.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our politics and philosophy students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. We offer extra-curricular modules in debating and model United Nations and our Philosophy Society, run by students, hosts fortnightly research seminars led by distinguished external philosophers. All students are welcome to participate and become part of a professional philosophy community.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad at one of our many partner universities is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens, for example studying in America will give you first-hand experience of a Trump and Republican government. Wherever you choose to study, immersing yourself in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Reason and Persuasion - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Politics - 30 Credits
  • International Relations Theory - 30 Credits
  • Social and Political Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • Mind, Knowledge and Reality - 15 Credits
  • Ethics - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Philosophy of Film and Literature - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Strategy - 30 Credits
  • Contemporary British Politics - 30 Credits
  • The Meaning of Life - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

Optional

  • Themes in Plato's Republic - 15 Credits
  • The Right and The Good - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Mind - 15 Credits
  • Knowledge and Discovery - 15 Credits
  • Philosophy of Art - 15 Credits
  • Metaphysics - 15 Credits
  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
  • Philosophies of Religion - 15 Credits
  • Virtues, Vices and Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Logic and Philosophy - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Political Systems - 30 Credits
  • Modern Political Philosophy - 30 Credits
  • Security and Governance - 30 Credits
  • We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice - 15 Credits
  • The State in the 21st Century - 15 Credits
  • Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

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23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2021

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20/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)