Philosophy and Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code V5PP

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics covers a range of approaches. Politics investigates how political structures and ideologies shape our lives and are organised differently around the world. Philosophy is an in-depth study of Western intellectual tradition.

Philosophy seeks to understand, and particularly to question, ideas concerning the nature of reality, value and experience that play a pervasive role in understanding the world and ourselves. The philosophy discipline focuses on problematic concepts, such as existence, reason and truth, which occur in every sphere of human enquiry, but more specifically on problematic concepts that belong to particular areas of thought and practice, such as politics, economics, religion, science and ethics.

Special features

  • The joint honours degree in two complementary subjects gives you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
  • The degree can be studied full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • You can study individual modules for personal or professional development

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two of these must be from the list of relevant subjects
  • Other humanities or Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will also be considered
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two

PVG scheme membership may be required in order to take part in optional modules in year three.

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following modules.

Two core Philosophy modules:

  • Thinking and writing for study, work and life
  • Problems in philosophy

Two Politics modules from the list below:

  • Introduction to politics OR Ideas and ideologies in politics
  • The evolving politics of the British Isles

Plus two additional Humanities modules that are available as scheme options.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following modules.

Two Philosophy modules from the list below:

  • Knowledge, truth and understanding: introduction to contemporary philosophy of knowledge
  • The philosophy (Aristotle)
  • Logic and philosophy
  • Belief, culture and community

Two Politics modules as listed below:

  • History of political ideas
  • Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum

Plus two additional Humanities modules that are available as scheme options.

Year 3 - BA

You will study the following modules.

Three Philosophy modules from the list below:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Continental philosophy
  • Choice theory
  • Research project

Three Politics modules from the list below:

  • Advanced social research methods (core module)
  • Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
  • European politics
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • British military history in the 20th Century
  • Wars in the Promised Land
  • Political sociology (subject to numbers)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in Philosophy or Politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Philosophy modules may include:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Existential philosophy and literature

Politics modules may include:

  • Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
  • Political theory
  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed using our blended learning approach and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be limited change to how the course will be delivered next year. From September 2020, you will study online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and opportunities for campus attendance will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module which students should attend at their home campus.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Highland Theological College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Full-timeLevel2019-202020-21
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,650 £12,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,820 £6,000
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,940 £2,000

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Philosophy and Politics graduates are found working in almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Opportunities are available in arts-based areas like publishing, the media, journalism, advertising and teaching, through to computing and IT. 

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • local government and the civil service
  • advertising, marketing and public relations agencies
  • management consultancies
  • secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions
  • law firms
  • publishing companies
  • charities
  • banking and insurance companies
  • accountancy firms
  • recruitment agencies
  • journalism
  • research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics to our other postgraduate courses, such as:

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