Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA

Bringing together three world-leading departments, this degree integrates politics, philosophy and economics to equip you with skills that are suited to today's fast-paced and complex economy.

Core modules will introduce you to key concepts and approaches in philosophy, economics and political studies, as well as the technical and mathematical skills you'll need to succeed.

Yet because our staff research interests are so diverse, we can offer an impressive range of optional modules across three subject areas so you can tailor a degree to suit you. This means you could expand your knowledge across areas as broad as the ethics of life and death, UK macroeconomic policy, ancient philosophy, economic development and African politics.

With a fantastic range of options to choose from that span continents and millennia, this course will grant you an impressive range of subject knowledge - but you'll also be equipped with skills to become a leader or entrepreneur of the future.

Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, politics and economics. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    In your first year you'll take core modules providing you with a firm foundation in key areas like political and economic theory, comparative politics and the mathematical skills you'll need for economic study.

    You'll also take the PPE First Year Seminar, offered only to PPE students and run by the Programme Director, where you'll be trained in analytical thinking and classic philosophical texts. In addition, you may have scope to choose some optional modules or explore discovery modules from across the University.

    Once you have this grounding, you'll be in a better position to choose from optional modules across philosophy, politics and economics over the next two years. Core modules in your second year will develop your understanding of topics like macroeconomics and microeconomics, but you'll also choose from more than 30 optional modules across the three subjects.

    By your final year, you'll be able to apply the critical, interpretive and research skills you've acquired when you undertake a major research project and dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules, while maintaining a balance across your studies. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

      GCSE: grade 7/A in Mathematics is required as a minimum. Although it is not a formal requirement, many of the strongest applicants for PPE will also be taking AS or A level Mathematics. However, all applicants will be considered on their individual merits.

      • Career opportunities

        Gaining a degree in PPE requires you to study varied and challenging subjects. This course will equip you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers.

        You'll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you'll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You'll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.

        All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and graduates from all three schools involved in delivering the course have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.

        We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. PPE students particularly benefit from our 'directors' teas' - small seminars which give you the chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the world of business, charities or elsewhere in the third sector.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

        The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

        Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

  • BA Award
    September Start
    Full-time Study Mode
    3 years Duration
    1LV0 UCAS Code

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