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Why study PPE at Warwick?

Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Warwick is a very successful and well-established degree programme. The three contributing departments all rank highly in university league tables and in the Research Excellence Framework. The programme is supported by a vibrant and committed student community including the award-winning PPE Society.

With world-leading experts in a huge range of topics, this is the place to continue your academic journey with some of the best mentors – and peers – that the world has to offer.

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9 Reasons to study PPE at Warwick

1: High Quality Teaching

Our three PPE departments are internationally renowned for their teaching and research. Philosophy offers a broader range of topics than most UK philosophy departments, and is ranked in the top ten in the Complete University Guide (2019). Politics and Economics have both been ranked in the top 50 QS World University Rankings (2018) and the top 5 in The Times Good University Guide (2018).

2: World Leading Research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), PPE performed excellently. Politics and International Studies ranked 1st for Research Environment, Philosophy was rated 1st in the UK for Research Output with 90% of publications judged internationally excellent or world leading, and Economics had 96% of its research rated World Leading or Internationally Excellent.

3: Bridging the Disciplines

Throughout your programme, we provide a range of opportunities for you to investigate how the three subjects relate to one another.  Our final-year core modules provide real life context for students to integrate their studies in the three disciplines and to focus on important topics at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics.

4: Flexibility to Specialise

The size and scope of the departments mean you’ll have dozens of high-quality optional modules to choose from, while your core modules are carefully designed to provide you with a solid foundation in all three subjects. In the course of your studies, you will select your own individual pathway, and thereby tailor the programme to your interests and future plans. You can choose to focus on two subjects in more depth or to study all three subjects in equal proportion.

5: A Diverse and Active Community

With a research community of over 180 members of academic staff across the departments and around 175 students in your year group from all over the world, Warwick is a diverse and interesting place to study PPE.  Beyond the classroom, we offer subject-related talks, debates, conferences and film screenings to allow you to think even more deeply.

6: An International Perspective

We encourage an international outlook which is reflected in modules that focus on global issues, in our teaching staff’s international experience and in our diverse cohort, which in 2017/18 included students from over 30 countries. You can extend your own reach further by adding a year of work or study abroad to your programme. Current students have experienced Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, or have chosen to integrate a year in the USA or Canada into their programme.

7: NSS Student Satisfaction

Our students give consistently excellent feedback on their course. According to the National Student Survey (NSS 2018), 93% of our students are satisfied overall with the course and 99% of students find the course intellectually stimulating. Students also scored the courses highly for providing them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth and for staff that have made the subject interesting.

8: Employability

As a Warwick graduate, you'll be sought after by employers. Warwick is the 4th most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2019, High Fliers Research Ltd.) Warwick graduates were also found to be in the top 10 for highest earnings in over a dozen subjects in the 2018 Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO).

9: One to One Support

There are excellent opportunities to be in contact with academic experts in the field, from regular seminars and tutorials to specialisation through a dissertation or research project in your final year. We also benefit from our own Director of Student Experience and Progression, who supports student development and helps students gain all they can from their time at Warwick.

What Our Students Say

I chose PPE because individually the three subjects stand alone as nuanced and engaging disciplines, but together form an outstanding tool to question, examine and judge. Economics gives concrete answers and models to explain phenomena that shape our days, and humans love having answers to their questions. Politics points out that the answers you gave yourself are not so easily applied and have wide implications you need to take into consideration. And Philosophy reminds you to reflect on both the question and the answer: on their origin, their interpretations, your methodology and their importance."

- Valentina Calvi, BA PPE Year 2

Read more from Valentina on her student blog.

Warwick’s PPE course ensures that students are able to constantly link the three disciplines. Whilst the course structure allows for this, for me, it is the additional Societies and Clubs at Warwick that are central to further our learning process. With over 250 societies, students can engage with their interests both directly linked to the course and beyond their degree. The PPE society is the ideal place to start. With speaker series events and numerous socials, the society ensures that students can not only discuss issues surrounding their course, but also become embodied in the PPE family feeling that the society has done an incredible job in fostering.”

- Hasan Ebrahim, BSc PPE with Economics Major, Year 2