BA Ethical and Political Studies


93% of UWTSD’s Historical & Philosophical Studies students were satisfied with the teaching on their course – NSS 2017.

This degree programme explores a broad range of ethical and political considerations including climate change, the ethics of war, the nature and ethics of political protest, poverty, animal rights, medical ethics, the nature of social relationships and the nature and degree of our obligations to others. 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: D429
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time, 6 part-time

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The BA Ethical and Political Studies programme is distinct from degrees in political science in that it does not address the workings or structures of political institutions, but rather explores the ideas and theories that underpin them.

It draws upon expertise in ethics, political philosophy, anthropology, history, psychology and religious studies to provide a critical understanding of the ethical and political issues that face the modern world.  

  • Ethics and Global Justice
  • Freedom, Equality and Justice: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • The Ethics and Politics of Law
  • Sustainable Development in an era of Globalisation
  • Protest, Activism and Resistance
  • Interactions with the Environment
  • Peoples, Worlds, Lives and Livelihoods
  • Contemporary Social & Political Philosophy
  • Media and Consumer Psychology
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • Political Anthropology: approaches to power
  • Religion and Politics
  • Terrorism
  • Medical Ethics
  • History and Theory of Genocide
  • Opportunities to be part of a development project in Rwanda or Kenya
  • Small class sizes
  • An opportunity for a work placement in a company or organisation that works in the social or ethical sector 
  • A supportive and friendly environment
  • Regular tutorials
  • A multi-disciplinary course

Opportunities to be part of a development project in Rwanda or Kenya. 

The programme is assessed primarily via coursework essays with some presentations and exams.  

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

  • The Social Sector
  • Law
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and journalism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

For any students considering studying BA Ethical and Political Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.