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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
3 years
Course type
Avenue, Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

Discover how the world works, but also how it should work. With our Economics and Politics modules, you'll explore past and current socio-economic orders. You'll learn quantitative tools, historical data, and the technical skills to carefully analyse them. With our fascinating Philosophy modules, you'll learn how to critique the present order with logic and ethics.

On this broad, combined honours course, you’ll get a balanced education in all three Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) subjects. It is owned by the Philosophy department.

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

This course is also available with a year studying abroad.

You can take modules from other disciplines, such as anthropology or psychology, or choose from a range of cross-disciplinary modules. You can also study a language.

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Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.