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Ethical and Political Studies

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. 


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

BA Ethical & Political Studies
UCAS Code: D429
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BA Ethical & Political Studies with Foundation Year
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BA Philosophy
UCAS Code: V502
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BA Anthropology 
UCAS Code: L600
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BA Philosophy with Applied Psychology
UCAS Code: 4H62
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BA Religion, Philosophy & Ethics 
UCAS Code: D2N4
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  • Wide range of modules on relevant topics like the nature of social justice, or environmental ethics .
  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise in political and moral philosophy. 
  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests.
  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.


Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of Ethical and Political Studies generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues.

Some of the areas covered include freedom and equality, justice, human rights, sustainable development, humanitarian intervention, environmental ethics, international politics, and activism. Options to study abroad may also be available.

** A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, classics, English, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose.


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities
  • Law
  • Media and journalism
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • The Social Sector
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

BA Anthropology
UCAS Code: L600

BA International Development & Global Politics

BA Philosophy
UCAS Code: V502

BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics
UCAS Code: 124S

BA Political Ecology
UCAS Code: 114D

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