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Philosophy, Politics & Economics (BA)

This degree programme will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the way societies and the world function, through the three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.


Philosophy, Politics & Economics (BA)
UCAS Code: 124S
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UCAS Code: D2N4
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UCAS Code: C32B
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UCAS Code: D429
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the way societies and the world functions, through the three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.
  2. Critically examines a range of worldwide social, economic, political, and ethical factors which are shaping the 21st Century.
  3. Draws together crucial subject areas to develop and expand your knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.
  4. We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  5. You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at UWTSD focuses on current political structures as well as the future of politics and economics, with an emphasis on environmental issues. Both the political and economic modules will be underpinned by a philosophical framework.

UK, European, and global political structures will be examined alongside its surrounding social and philosophical frameworks. Alongside this, students will gain a thorough grounding in economic theory. There will be a particular focus on environmental economics and the economics of transition to new energy sources, and the ecomonics of a low carbon future.

  • Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of philosophy, politics and economics generally, the programme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues.

  • Some of the areas of study include, for example, microeconomics and macroeconomics, human rights, sustainable development, law and politics, justice and equality, approaches to power, humanitarian intervention, environmental ethics, urbanisation, and growth and development. Options to study abroad may also be available.

  • A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English, classics, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose. 

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics will have an extensive range of skills that is beneficial in many careers.

For example, students will have a better understanding of political, social and economic structures on a local and global level which will be advantageous in many careers. Besides subject knowledge, graduates will also be sensitive to other cultures, will have developed strong evaluative and analytical skills and thinking, and also posess excellent communication skills. 

Typical career paths graduates will consider are within the political or economic sector.

Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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UCAS Code: D429

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UCAS Code: 114D 

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