Law and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Law and Philosophy complement each other perfectly, since both require close textual analysis, debating skills, attention to detail, and skill in argument construction of the kind for which a study of philosophical logic provides the perfect foundation. 

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: MV15

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Course Overview

The Law component of the programme allows the freedom to choose courses tailored to students’ own interests and career aspirations. It provides an understanding of the operation of the law and legal processes in their social, political, ethical, historical and comparative contexts. Keele has been one of the most renowned centres for the study of Philosophy in England since WWII.

The programme explores central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed.

You will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing and to work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele, as well as the potential to volunteer and/or gain work experience with external agencies.

What will this mean for my future?

These opportunities will strengthen and diversify your skills, experience and your CV. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments and explore multiple approaches to problem solving. There are varied opportunities across the private sector, local and national governments, charities, in law or in media or the arts, as well as the potential for further study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Legal Skills 
  • Public Law 
  • Legal Systems 
  • Public Law 
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy 
  • Ancient Philosophy 
  • Moral Philosophy

Second year

  • The Pursuit of Good
  • Philosophy of Mind 
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics 
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Four modules in law from a selection including: Crime, Land, Contract (double modules), Lawyers in Society, Introduction to Public International Law, Law with Ethics, Law in Action or Family Law.

Third year

  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II 
  • Philosophy of Art 
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature 
  • Philosophy of Language 
  • Dissertation 
  • Four modules in Law