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Philosophy and Politics BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    St Cuthbert's Society

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Students on this course learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials (Politics & Philosophy), informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and tutorials are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and workshops can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors; some of these also allow hands-on experience of the kind of work professional political scientists perform.This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the course) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.In this way the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the course and continue at key times throughout each year of the degree.You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,730per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAA

Subject specific requirements:To include at least one accepted social science or humanities subjectSpecific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Please see the website for a list of accepted social science and humanities subjects.Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

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University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    6th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 51 2

    8th out of 86 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    186 90%

    6th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85.0 85%

    2nd

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    31st

    3
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    176 85%

    10th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%

    1st

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%

    67th

    5

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