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School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

War Studies and Philosophy with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint course enables graduates to draw on both disciplines, using critical reasoning developed within Philosophy to engage with the debates and developments related to war, its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint course enables graduates to draw on both disciplines, using critical reasoning developed within Philosophy to engage with the debates and developments related to war, its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L25P
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint course enables graduates to draw on both disciplines, using critical reasoning developed within Philosophy to engage with the debates and developments related to war, its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.  The course will enable graduates to sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war in both historical and contemporary settings as well as examine wider philosophical issues about the body, gender and identity.

As well as subject-specific knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages individuals to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems.

Such skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.



Potential Career Paths

The War Studies and Philosophy integrated joint will enhance an individual’s career prospects. Previous graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers including serving in the armed forces, teaching, journalism, local government, management and the heritage industry.  A notable proportion of graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The advantages of studying War Studies and Philosophy at Wolverhampton include:

  • Being taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record.
  • A well established and resourced course, which is the longest running undergraduate War Studies degree programme in the University
  • An innovative and evolving curriculum which includes field trip opportunities
  • The opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

A successful graduate from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and moral theories underpinning both War Studies and Philosophy;
  2. Familiarity with specialised philosophical vocabulary. This entails the ability to draw connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy, between Philosophy and War Studies, and in practical contexts
  3. An ability to address historical and contemporary problems in depth using primary and secondary sources of relevance to War Studies and Philosophy;
  4. The capacity to present, in both oral and written forms, a clear and well-structured assessment of relevant considerations.
  5. Intellectual skills for independently reasoned research, involving critical analysis and evaluation of textual arguments.
  6. Acquired capabilities that are highly valued in modern diverse working environments and demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups) including, an openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 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

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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