Politics and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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Politics and Philosophy go together very well as a dual degree and make an excellent combination of the practical and the theoretical. You will learn about politics as it actually happens in the real world, but at the same time you will explore political theories and philosophies and the conceptions of human nature and society that underpin them. Combining Politics with Philosophy gives you a chance to explore the ideas behind political theorising.

In Politics, teaching covers a wide range of topics, including international relations, governance and public policy, political theory, and comparative politics. The geographical areas covered include Europe (Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe and the European Union), the Americas, South Asia, and Africa.

In the first year you take the core module Analysing Politics along with two further modules. In the second and third years you deepen your subject knowledge by taking further core and optional modules, followed by a project module or a dissertation.

Find out more about the Politics side of the course, including Politics modules

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have exactly the same choice of modules as single honours Philosophy students.

Information about Philosophy modules

You can also change on to the following variations on the dual Politics and Philosophy BA from the end of Level 2 if you wish:

  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Study)
  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Employment)
  • BA Politics and Philosophy with International Experience (Study and Employment)

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Student Profile

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Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Politics and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB
  • International Baccalaureate: 34
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB + B

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Politics and Philosophy BA 

Other requirements:

GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C or equivalent

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have a question about your qualifications, please email politics-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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