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Bachelor's Degree in PPE

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in PPE

Discover how the world works on our BA Philosophy Politics and Economics degree. Explore past and current socio-economic orders. You'll learn quantitative tools, historical data, and the technical knowledge to carefully analyse them. Through our philosophy modules, we'll teach you to critique the present order with logic and ethics. You'll graduate with the skills for a range of careers linked to politics, philosophy and arts.

On this broad, combined honours course, you’ll get a balanced education in all 3 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) subjects.

The degree helps you properly frame the questions that unite the subject of the PPE degree, and answer them in a rigorous but free-spirited way. These include questions on:

  • inequality
  • democracy
  • justice
  • globalisation
  • happiness
  • work
  • money

Compulsory modules provide a strong grounding in key areas of study. Optional modules will let you pursue your own interests in topics as varied as:

  • logic
  • international security
  • Chinese politics

As part of this course, you can:

  • study topics that are unique to either philosophy, economics, or politics
  • gain professional skills in economics that will be useful in your future careers
  • learn how to conduct and present research
  • take part in the Philosophy Café, where you can discuss philosophy in a relaxed atmosphere

Admission requirements

A-levels

ABB including Grade B in AS Level Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 points at Higher or Standard Level Mathematics: (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation)

BTEC

  • Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in an A level plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in two A levels plus Grade B in AS Level Mathematics

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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


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Program content

Year 1

  • Economics Skills and Employability 1
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Statistics for Economics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Foundations of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Economics
  • Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Year 2

  • Applied Microeconomics 2
  • ECON Dissertation: Prelim Info
  • Economics Skills and Employability 2
  • Macroeconomic Policy 2

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • American Political Thought
  • Appearance and Reality
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Comparative Party Politics
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development Economics
  • Development and International Relations
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • European Security Governance
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Industrial Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Methods of Econometrics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Thinking
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Qualitative Research in Politics & International Relations
  • Realism and Idealism in International Relations
  • Reason and Argument
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU
  • The Struggle for Democracy
  • Theorising International Politics
  • Topics in Macroeconomics 2

Year 3

  • Dissertation in Politics & International Relations
  • Dissertation: Literature Review
  • Dissertation: Research Project
  • Dissertation: Research Topics
  • Economics Skills and Employability 3
  • Philosophy Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • American Political Thought
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Economics
  • Children and Human Rights
  • Chinese Politics
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Critics of Empire: Radical and Revolutionary Political Thinkers of the Global South
  • Democratic Theory
  • Democratisation in Global Politics: why do some regimes thrive and others flounder?
  • Development and International Relations
  • Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space
  • Dilemmas of Leadership
  • Empirical Finance
  • Ethics of Public Policy
  • European Security Governance
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • Gender, Power and Politics
  • Globalisation and World Politics
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • International Trade
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomic Policy 3
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Partisans, Public Opinion and Elections: Understanding the Political Mind
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Politics and Protest
  • Power and Ethics Before Machiavelli
  • Principles of Finance
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Reinventing Democracy: Innovation, Participation and Power
  • Self-Knowledge
  • The Politics and Governance of the EU
  • Topics in Macroeconomics 3
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as

  • critical thinking
  • statistical analysis
  • communication
  • logic
  • mathematics
  • team working

Continuing studies

Our philosophy degrees are also a good foundation for further study at masters or PhD level.

Career paths

Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Many of our PPE graduates move on to careers that emphasise Economics skills, such as:

  • investment analyst
  • tax consultant
  • data analyst
  • finance and banking
  • IT

You can also pursue careers that emphasise Philosophy and Politics skills, including:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • teaching
  • human resources (HR) coordinator
  • investment analyst
  • digital marketing coordinator

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