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School of Humanities

Law and Philosophy

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

This course allows you to develop your critical thinking in relation to understanding legal and political change.

This course allows you to develop your critical thinking in relation to understanding legal and political change.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code MV15
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

This course allows you to develop your critical thinking in relation to understanding legal and political change. This thought-provoking programme offers a stimulating and multicultural environment in which you can engage with concepts and theories within Philosophy and Law and reflect upon contemporary practical concerns.

You will learn to communicate more effectively in writing and speaking, to evaluate arguments rigorously, and to enhance your own critical judgement. You will gain skills of analysis, synthesis and application which are relevant for whatever profession you decide to follow. A range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, are also developed and are of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

In your first year, you will be introduced to critical thinking and philosophy. Together with an introduction to English law, you will look at key issues in modern legal philosophy and develop your own approaches to study in a legal environment.

In your second year, you will examine the nature of ethical virtue and principles and judgment in moral philosophy, whilst getting the chance to assess your own moral intuitions and concepts. You will develop a critical appreciation of the connection between experience and knowing the world. A study of ‘Law, Morality and Society’ offers an integrated approach to Philosophy and Law, and you will have the opportunity to investigate immigration and asylum law and theories of punishment.


In your final year, you can choose from a range of topics to suit your interests. These include "freedom, recognition and authenticity", "self and other: the demands of social justice", "philosophy of mind", "terrorism law policy and practice" and "the law of the European Union". You will also have the opportunity to work on an independent research project and carry out a placement within an organisation approved by the University.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 A degree in Philosophy and Law will equip you with the skills needed in a range of occupations, including a career as a Legal Executive, company secretary or legal advisor. It is especially suited to enhancing your capabilities to take up advocacy and campaigning. Previous graduates have gone on to public and private-sector management jobs, local government and media and campaigning. If you aim to become a solicitor or barrister, you could study our CPE conversion course, or alternatively, go on to further study with one of our postgraduate courses.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course is one of the few in the country to combine Philosophy with Law as an integrated joint. You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars whose published work covers a wide range of areas. Highly successful student-led activities include mooting where you will argue a fictitious legal case in court. You will also have the opportunity to listen to visiting scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the University.

Comments from our External Examiner for provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance.  It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program.  As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement."

 As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and procedures of law and philosophy and an understanding of how they fit together and operate;
  • apply knowledge to problem situations, evaluate arguments rigorously, and demonstrate the ability to provide solutions to unresolved debates demonstrated over a wide number of legal and philosophical issues;
  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly, academic and case-work;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within philosophy and law;
  • display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue in a multi-cultural and international context;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and engage with technology-supported learning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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