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Politics, Philosophy and Law (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, A LEVEL AAA, IB 38

If you have a keen interest in political affairs, legal debates and philosophical questions about human existence, this degree allows you to study three interconnected disciplines that each play a vital part in our everyday lives.

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Taking a cross-disciplinary approach, you’ll explore the relationships between a functioning society and how political and legal systems are structured and operate. The course will also develop your understanding of the philosophical origins and basis for law and politics.

You will explore concepts such as justice, freedom, morals and democracy, as well as the formulation and implementation of law and policy across the world. In addition to core modules in each discipline, there is significant flexibility as the course progresses to choose optional modules from within the three departments.

You’ll benefit from working closely with world-leading and internationally renowned experts in three of the UK’s most highly ranked Social Science departments. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year abroad studying with one of our international partners or on work placement.

In your first year, you will take core introductory modules for each discipline plus a core interdisciplinary module in PPL.

In your second year, you will take an optional core in each discipline from a list in each department, including choices such as Theories in International Relations, Ethics and Applied Ethics, and International Law. The remaining 25% of option modules can be drawn from any of the three departments, enabling you to focus up to 50% in one discipline in the second year.

In your final year, you can choose from the full list of final year modules in each department, again taking at least 25% of your modules in each of the three disciplines. The remaining 25% can be chosen from any of the disciplines, or you can decide to research and write an interdisciplinary PPL dissertation.

Lectures provide you with information, analysis and argument, on the basis of which you prepare for discussion or problem solving in your seminars. Seminars are much smaller groups, in which you deepen and further your learning through interactive group discussion, debates, and exchange of ideas.

Your seminar tutor or lecturer will provide you with reading, instructions, notes or tasks, and set the format and guide the discussion or work, prompting debate and involving the whole group in the task at hand.

You should expect to attend around 8-12 teaching sessions per week, between lectures and seminars. For each hour you should expect to put in a further 6-8 hours of private study. You’ll be expected to prepare independently or in groups, and share your views and debate the issues and concepts with your classmates.

Lecturers and seminar tutors are available outside of class to give advice on essay writing and on other matters related to their module. They will also give you feedback on your essays to help you improve your writing and problem-solving techniques.

Research training, personal and professional development are all embedded into your PPL degree programme. Through modules, extracurricular activities, skills workshops, careers events and one-to-one advice sessions, you will be able to hone the skills that employers and further study programmes are looking for.

Class size

Lectures vary greatly; Seminars in 1st year - maximum 14 students; Seminars in later years - maximum 18 students

Contact hours

Typically there are 8-12 hours of classroom contact per week. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars, supplemented by group work, one-to-one advice and feedback hours, and the use of web-based materials.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and exams, and in some modules you are allowed to choose the assessment method. The first year exams are qualifying exams and do not count towards your degree classification. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each year contributes 50%.

We support student mobility through year abroad programmes. BA PPL students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year of study abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator of each of the three PPL departments can provide more specific information and assistance.

You can apply for an intercalated year of Study Abroad or Work Placement that extends the degree to four years.

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A level: AAA

  • IB: 38

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

  • Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
  • Introduction to PPL
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Tort Law or Criminal Law

Year 2

Optional cores (at least one full-year module from each department):

  • Politics and International Studies: Political Theory From Hobbes, Theories of International Relations, Core Issues in Comparative Politics, International Security, States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Philosophy: Ethics, Applied Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy
  • Law: International Law, OR General Principles of Constitutional and Administrative Law Plus one further optional module from any one of the three departments
  • Plus one further optional module from any one of the three departments.

Year 3

At least one year-long or two term-long optional modules from each department.

There is also the opportunity to choose further optional modules from any of the departments, or to research and write a dissertation in either PPL or any one of the three disciplines.

Selection of optional modules that current students in the three departments have studied

Crime and Punishment; Law and Policies of the European Union; Philosophy of Religion; Refugee and Asylum Law; Political Economy of the Liberal Democratic State; Power and Resistance in World Politics; Feminism; East Asian Transformations; Law and the International Business Environment; Human Rights in Practice.

89% in the three disciplines were in work or further study after 6 months (Unistats 2017).

Graduate job titles from the politics, philosophy and law departments include:

Barrister, Business analyst, Councillor, Civil Service Fast Streamer, Diplomatic Attaché, Entrepreneur, Funding and Bid Co-ordinator, Lawyer, Lecturer, Legal Advisor, Litigation Paralegal, Parliamentary Assistant, Production Editor, Journalist, Researcher, Risk Analyst, Teacher, Trainee Chartered Accountant and Trainee Solicitor.

Companies and organisations where recent graduates from the politics, philosophy and law departments have worked include:

Allen & Overy, Bank of England, BBC, British Council, UK Cabinet Office, Civil Service, Department of Transport, EY, Goldman Sachs, House of Commons, JP Morgan, KPMG, Ministry of Home Affairs - Singapore, Ministry of Justice, Mars, Oxford University Press, University of Oxford, the Police, PwC, Santander, Smith & Williamson, TeachFirst, The Independent, TUC, UBS, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Westminster City Council.


"Studying alone won't prepare you for the world of work."

"The course open day was really good at Warwick and helped make my decision to study here. All the modules I studied were relevant and have stood me in good stead for the future. I studied democratisation in my second year just as the Arab Spring kicked off, and the politics of religion module in my final year was current and still is.

Learning about political theory concepts was abstract but really interesting to understand better. I secured a paid internship in my second and third summer which helped me realise my passion for working in policy. I now work as Environment Strategy Manager."

Jennifer Sibley - Environment Strategy Manager

Studied 'Politics' - Graduated 2012

Entry Requirements

A level: AAA

IB: 38


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years Full Time

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
Undergraduate students are expected to purchase their own copies of the primary texts for the course, though the departments try to make a considerable amount of material available online and through course materials. It is estimated that students may spend up to £150 per year of study on books. Undergraduate students can obtain most required texts from the University Library. Photocopying/printing costs for essays might come to £25 per year although electronic submission of essays is required.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.