Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be studying in a distinct and very flexible course that will allow you to focus on particular areas of politics, philosophy and economics but also develop links across the three disciplines. You will be studying at top'ranking departments with outstanding research records and internationally'recognized academic staff. The advanced curriculum reflects the most recent, cutting'edge research being undertaken in these disciplines. You will study in an engaging environment with student'friendly academic and administrative staff, supported by a Personal Adviser who will guide you through your choice of course units, examinations and will advise you on your progress. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 70% of the Department of Politics and International Relations; research outputs and 80% of those in the Economics Department were rated in the top three categories from 'internationally excellent' to 'world leading'. Philosophy courses were introduced to Royal Holloway in 2007and are now taught by staff who are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in philosophy and in philosophy's relation to related disciplines. You will gain a broad spectrum of transferable skills that can be applied in the workplace and enjoy excellent employment prospects.

Course Modules

Politics Year 1: introduction to politics and government. Year 2: European integration since 1945; comparative political institutions; democracy in Britain; contemporary political theory; the politics of migration and ethnicity; modern political thought. Year 3: issues in contemporary Europe; political sociology; the politics of the internet and the information society; the politics of modern Germany; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; comparative democracy and elections; issues in democratic theory; young people's politics; advanced seminar in British politics; advanced seminar in British politics 1; advanced seminar on British politics 2. Philosophy Year 1: fundamental questions in philosophy. Year 2: introduction to European philosophy 1 (from Kant to Hegel); mind and world; introduction to European philosophy 2 (the critique of idealism); philosophy and the arts; varieties of scepticism; the philospophy of Aristotle; the philospophy of Plato. Year 3: modern European philosophy 1 (from Husserl to Heidegger); modern European philosophy 2 (poststructuralism and its critics); recovering reality; the self and others; stoics, epicureans and sceptics. Economics Year 1: principles of economics; quantitive methods in economics. Year 2: microeconomics; macroeconomics. Year 3: a range of options.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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86% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 88%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 83%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 60%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 45
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 69%

Total Coursework: 28%

Total Practical: 3%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation