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BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy & Ethics

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels: ABB - CCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 15 level 3 credits worth of units at Merit
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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

Jonathan Pugh
Politics & Contemporary History student
I like studying Politics as a joint degree at Chichester because combining the two adds new dimensions to my understanding of both, and the relatively small classrooms allows for a more personal academic experience.

Course content

You will explore questions of social justice, bio-ethics, and the nature of truth from different historical and contemporary philosophical perspectives. You will also be introduced to contemporary political issues, from political economy to security studies, and have developed the analytical skills and research abilities that will serve you well in the world of work. By the end of this degree, you will be an authority in the complex and complementary relationship between Politics, Philosophy and Ethics.

This three-year course (full-time) is structured around four thematic strands of study: British Politics, International Politics, Defence and Security, Political Thought and Practice. You will receive a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and research methods in Politics, and will have the opportunity to complete an individual research project under the personal supervision of experienced researchers. 

The course is designed to develop both your transferable skills and subject specific knowledge. You will learn, through the tutorial experience, to read and study key texts in detail, to think critically and analytically about important ideas and issues, and to write knowledgeably and attractively about questions which matter to you and to society. You will also learn about philosophical and ethical ideas.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

This degree’s specialist focus on Politics, both from a real world and an academic perspective, is particularly useful for careers in the Civil Service, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Defence and Security, Public Administration, Law and Business, as well as for postgraduate research.

We pay an enormous amount of attention to your future career choices. In an ever increasing range of work contexts ethical, philosophical and religious knowledge is a highly prized asset.

Ranging from HR departments which need to know about ethical diversity and equality to the media which must understand religious opinions and ethical commitments to the well-known shortage of RE teachers in schools there is a great demand for our graduates.

Our aim is to match your interests and skills to the right career. Our graduates go on to a variety of careers in: Teaching (primary and secondary); Youth Work; Publishing; Community work; Police service; Health care & nursing and Journalism.

Work placements

We offer placement modules so that you can gain vital experience in the workplace.

There are two placement modules – the schools placement for those interested in a career in teaching and the work placement for those choosing other professions. Students find the placement modules stimulating and invaluable when it comes to finding high-quality employment after university.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. As such, we offer an extensive range of study abroad opportunities.

You will have the chance to take one semester of your Politics programme outside of the UK. Our long-term associations with university partners in Europe, the USA, and Canada mean that we’re well placed to offer you a further international dimension to your undergraduate experience.

Indicative modules

Year 1 examines in detail the place of philosophy and ethics in the contemporary world. You study the ideas of the new atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, ethical issues such as how to live a good life, as well as the interaction between religion, ethics and contemporary culture.

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Politics
  • British Politics
  • International Relations
  • Nationalism
  • Regionalism in Modern Europe
  • Modern British History
  • Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Thatcherism and Afterwards

In year 2 you can develop your specialist interests by studying modules in ethics, such as bio-ethics or major ethical thinkers, as well as philosophical issues and questions. You also have the chance to undertake a work or schools placement in year 2.

Modules may include:

  • Cool Britannia: post-war British culture
  • Fascist Ideology
  • The USA
  • Politics and Teaching
  • African Diaspora in Modern Britain
  • Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism
  • Contemporary Security Studies
  • Political Ideology and Political Ideas
  • Study Visits (Brussels and/or Geneva)
  • Political Organisation: systems of Governance

In your final year you undertake a dissertation in a subject of your choice alongside further specialist modules in philosophy and ethics. Students are offered excellent choice and high quality specialist teaching.

Modules may include:

  • Dissertation
  • Human Rights
  • Eur-African Security
  • Pan-Africanism
  • The City in the Twentieth Century
  • New York: Making and American City
  • Post-War Europe
  • Political Economy
  • Law and Politics

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning.

During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge.

Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

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