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BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Goldsmiths, University of London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Application deadline: 26 January 2022
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Program description

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

This challenging and ground-breaking degree introduces you to core ideas and issues in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE). It will help you understand how the economy is governed, how public policy gets made, and the ideas which shape our world.

Why study BA Politics, Philosophyand Economics at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer a distinctive, fresh and critical take on the well-established combination of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), drawing onour strengths in social science and theory.You'll gain an introduction in the ideas and concepts that have shaped the world you live in, and learn to challenge established political and economic policies, institutions and methods.
  • As one of the top political universities in the UK as voted by students (Which? University 2019), Goldsmiths offers a dynamic undergraduate culture, withactive student media and politics groups. By the time you graduate, you will have gained a wealth of practical experience, and discovered what excites you for your career ahead.
  • Youll be taught by highly engaged lecturers working across politics, philosophy and economics, all of whom are active researchers and accomplished writers in their fields.
  • The programme includes a basic introduction to economics, so you dont need any prior experience of economics or an A-level in Mathematics before you start.
  • Over the three years, youll be introduced to alternative approaches to the economy, drawn from anthropology and sociology. You will be encouraged to think more broadly and imaginatively about the way in which markets, states and public policies operate in the 21st century.
  • Youll focus on contemporary, real-world problems, such as financial and environmental regulation, which will prepare you for a career in public policy, NGOs, media, consulting or social innovation.
  • In addition to the taught curriculum, you will have the opportunity to hear from experts and policy-makers at special guest lectures.

Admission requirements

  • A-level:BBB
  • International Baccalaureate:33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Access:Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications:BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
  • European Baccalaureate:75%

Additional requirements

Youshould normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Economics or Statistics.

Language requirements

If English isnt your first language, you will need an IELTS score (orequivalent English language qualification) of6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range ofcourses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1 modules

  • Foundations of Economics
  • Introduction to Philosophy: The Problems of Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Issues in Cultural and Political Economy
  • UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics
  • World Politics
  • Colonialism, Power, and Resistance

Year 2 compulsory modules

  • Knowledge and Subjectivity
  • Aesthetics
  • Anthropology and Political Economy
  • Political Economy
  • Mathematics for Economics and Business
  • International Political Economy 1
  • Topics in International Economics
  • The Making of Global Capitalism
  • Taking Modern Japan
  • Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era
  • Contemporary International Relations Theories
  • Europe Since 1945
  • Global Governance and World Order
  • Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain
  • Liberalism and its Critics
  • Life: A User's Manual
  • Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 today
  • Modern Political Theory
  • International Politics of the Middle East
  • Politics of Vision
  • Rough Politics
  • US Politics and Foreign Policy

Year 3 modules

  • An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics
  • An(other) IR Views from the South
  • Anarchism
  • Beyond All Reason
  • Britain and Europe
  • Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought
  • Companies in the World Economy
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection
  • Feminist Politics
  • Finance and the Global Political Economy
  • International Political Economy 2
  • Liberal Government and Power
  • Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse
  • Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention
  • New Radical Political Economy
  • Political Economy of the European Union
  • Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa
  • Rhetoric and Politics
  • Work Placement

Applied quantitative economics


An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture

The Political Economy of International Development Assistance

Digital Anthropology

Armed Politics and Political Violence

The Politics of Popular Music

Feminist Economics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for local students is £9250
  • Tuition fee for International students is £17050

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment.

Recent graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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Why study at Goldsmiths, University of London

At Goldsmiths we're constantly exploring, questioning and reshaping the world. You can challenge yourself through our innovative degrees and world-leading academics that will inspire you to see the world differently.

At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

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