|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|VL52||AAA (See full entry requirements)||3 years full-time|
Studying for a Philosophy and Politics degree at York is a stimulating and exciting intellectual challenge. You will have the opportunity to:
• experience high quality teaching from world-class academics working at the cutting-edge of their disciplines;
• study genuinely interdisciplinary modules;
• join a vibrant student society – the Club of PEP – with its own events and socials;
• apply for international exchange in your second year.
Here are just some of the things that make us stand out:
"The Club's role in developing a unique sense of friendship and community is difficult to overemphasise" (Marat, Year 3 PPE)
"The breadth of module choices within the School is second to none" (Helen, Year 3 Philosophy & Politics)
In your first year you will take introductory modules in both subjects. You have to pass the first year programme in order to progress to your second year. However, marks obtained during your first year do not contribute to your final degree classification.
In philosophy, you will take introductory modules in areas such as ethics, reason and argument, early modern and ancient philosophy. In politics, you will take two modules, chosen from 'Power, Politics and Society', 'Introduction to International Politics', 'Introduction to Democratic Politics' and 'Introduction to Political Theory'.
Your final degree classification is determined on the basis of the 240 credits taken in your second and third years.
In your second year you take at least 40 credits in each subject. In philosophy there is a requirement to study practical philosophy, but beyond this requirement you are able to choose additional modules in philosophy and politics from a wide range of options, for example Contemporary Political Philosophy, Environmental Policy, Politics of Development, History of Philosophy or Language and Mind.
In your third year you are required to take at least 40 credits in each subject together with the interdisciplinary module Ethics and Public Policy. Beyond these requirements you are free to choose modules from either discipline to make up the balance of your degree, and can even take elective modules from other departments. You also have the option of taking the 'PEP dissertation', an independent piece of work in which the analytical skills that you have developed in the different disciplines are applied.
Because there is a common admissions process for all PEP courses, it is reasonably easy to transfer from one PEP course to another, subject to space being available on the course you want to move to. It is relatively easy to change within the first few weeks of the first year. After this, you may have to wait until the start of the second year, and at that point you can move only into a course for which you have taken the relevant first year introductory modules.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
There are three assessment periods during the academic year: week 1 of the Spring term, week 1 of the Summer term and weeks 5-8 of the Summer term. Assessments occur throughout your three years of study, usually in the term immediately after the module has been taken. The majority of assessments are either unseen examination papers or essays.
If you successfully apply to study abroad in your second year, your time abroad replaces your second year at York, and credits taken in your exchange institution count towards your York degree.
Reasonable adjustments in assessments will be made for students with disabilities, for example extra time in exams or use of a computer. The School works with the Disability Services team to ensure all students have the support they require.
Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module. In your first year, you take introductory modules alongside students from a wide range of degree programmes, but in your second and third years modules, and hence lectures, are smaller - perhaps as few as 20 students.
The School prides itself on the friendliness of its staff and on the support that it provides for its students. Lecturers, seminar tutors and your supervisor will all help you to get the most out of the programme and, in particular, to understand the importance of interdisciplinary study.
Most modules will also use the University's virtual learning environment 'Yorkshare', which may be used to access module resources or for more interactive work.
The modular system is based on a notional 40-hour week for each student. In the first year you can expect around 12 hours of ‘contact’ (lectures and seminars) per week. This will decline in the second and third years to around 6-8 hours, depending on which modules you choose. However, most of your real work is done in the library or at home, preparing for seminars and essays, reading around the subject, making connections, learning how to analyse ideas and data, and, of course, thinking.
The interdisciplinary nature of the School's degrees means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.
Some graduates apply their specialist skills and knowledge directly as economists, statisticians or even politicians. But our degrees are not primarily vocational. They provide training in the development of analytical skills, clarity of thought and an understanding of the complexities of social, political and economic life. Our students have therefore found employment in a wide range of sectors, including central and local government and private industry. They have become managers in banking, stockbroking, insurance, advertising and community work. Others have entered the creative arts and the media as journalists, film editors and publishers. Many graduates also go on to further study, either for higher degrees or for training in professional fields such as teaching, law, accountancy, finance and social work. You can find out more about former students’ career paths at the links below:
The careers branch of the Club of PEP, YorkWorks, aims to provide a platform for students to meet with experts and industry insiders to learn about the world of work and find out more about a career path that interests them, for example by organising careers conferences with graduate employers. For further information visit the YorkWorks webpages.
All applications for admission to degrees in the School of PEP must be made through UCAS. Nearly all offers of places are made solely on the basis of information given on the UCAS form, without interview or submission of written work.
We look for:
We pay particular attention to your descriptions of yourself and your interests and ambitions, and to the confidential references provided by schools, colleges, employers or other individuals.
An A level typical offer is AAA (not including General Studies).
A typical offer is 36 points.
A typical offer is AAAAB at Higher level and AB at Advanced Higher level.
A typical offer is DDD in the National Diploma.
We require IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all units.
We welcome applications from mature students (i.e. aged over 21), and usually admit a number each year. Our experience of mature students has been very positive. In view of the distinctive contribution they make to all aspects of university life, we regard them as an asset.
Some of the most successful students have been those who have prepared themselves to return to academic study by taking Access courses, or similar periods of study. Others have come to the School straight from employment in a wide variety of work, or been fully occupied in raising a family.
In all cases we look for evidence of ability, interest and commitment, but we may not require specific formal qualifications. In most cases, we prefer to interview mature candidates before offering them a place.
Mature students who are considering making an application are welcome to contact us for further advice.
Many applicants wish to spend a year away from formal education between school and university. We welcome applications from those who are planning to do this, irrespective of whether or not they know what they intend to do in the interim.
Such students often come to university not only intellectually refreshed but with a broader experience and greater self-confidence than had they come straight from school.
Applicants wishing to do this should apply in the normal way through UCAS, indicating that they wish to defer entry for a year.