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MSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

University of Groningen
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Application deadline: EU students: 01 June 2017 / Non-EU students: 01 April 2017

Program description

Does globalisation undermine social solidarity? Does populism threaten our democracies? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility? And how can we rise to the challenge of climate change?

Our world today faces complex challenges that cannot be tackled by one discipline alone. We need an approach that cuts across boundaries. Our selective one-year Master’s programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) offers this interdisciplinary approach. The programme aims at ambitious students with a wide range of interests – students who want to explore the philosophical dimensions of political and economic issues and develop and apply their critical thinking tools. If you are interested to work at the interface between politics, economics and philosophy, this is your master's programme.

What will you learn? The programme will equip you with the central theoretical and methodological tools from PPE that allow you to understand and critically examine complex problems ranging from global poverty to the financial crisis. You will learn to analyse the political and economic complexities of organizational structures. You will see what is at stake in theories of democracy, collective decision‐making, rational choice, social inequality and economic growth. And you will learn how to apply theoretical insights to concrete policy problems both locally and globally.

Admission requirements

Assessment interview

The Board of Admissions will interview each applicant, addressing issues such as motivation, ambitions, working attitude, capacities and skills. Once admitted, applicants will be given, if necessary, a reading list on issues they have not encountered in their Bachelor's. At the beginning of the programme the student will do a test; if further background study is required this will be discussed in meetings with the mentor in the first semester.

Language test

Non‐native speakers of English language must gain a minimum TOEFL score of 100, with the following minimum section scores: reading 22, listening 22, speaking 26, writing 24.

Previous education

The applicant has a Bachelor's degree in (1) PPE, or (2) Philosophy or Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, or (3) Economics, or (4) Political Science, or (5) another relevant field.

Written request

The applicant's dossier includes a CV, a letter of motivation and a writing example.

Other admission requirements

The applicant has a good academic record in his/her Bachelor programme, as attested by a mean score of at least 7,5 in the applicant's Bachelor's degree and at least a 7,5 for the Bachelor's thesis. The Board of Admissions will use an equivalent method of calculating the mean score for applicants with non‐Dutch Bachelor degrees.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees

EU students 2019-2020: €2,083/year

Non- EU students 2019-2020: €12,500/ year


MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 the university ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor,...

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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