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What Optional Modules Can I Take?

Our academics provide research-led teaching, which means that they keep content fresh and up-to-date with current thinking and developments in their subject. We also add new modules in line with research developments and in response to student feedback. So you’ll be choosing from a varied selection of interesting specialisms and interdisciplinary options in your honours years.

Optional Modules with PPE

You will have a wide range of interesting potential specialisms and pathways through your course so that you can explore the issues that interest you the most.

In Philosophy, you will study with world-leading scholars in both analytic and continental philosophy. Topics in recent years have included: Sartre and Existentialism, Feminism, Logic, Post-Kantian Social and Political Philosophy, and Daoism and Chinese Philosophy.

Politics and International Studies have four research clusters, whose world-leading work provides the basis for research-led teaching in comparative politics and democratisation, political theory, international political economy and international relations & security.

In Economics, you can choose to focus on areas like those studied in recent years: development economics, the EU, behavioural economics, public policy, banking, econometrics, economics history, industrial economics and international trade.

As well as focusing on individual disciplines, there is also a high degree of intellectual freedom to cross ‘traditional’ topic lines, as you can see from the selection of modules taken by PPE students.

Discover optional modules available with Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Examples of Options Taken Within PPE:
  • PPE: Interdisciplinary Topics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Capitalism and its Alternatives
  • Gender and Development
  • The Political Economy of Money
  • The International Economy in the Twentieth Century
  • The Political Economy of Southeast Asia
  • Post-Kantian Social and Political Philosophy
  • The Philosophy of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Violence, Rights, Justice and Peace in the Middle East
  • Public Policy for 21st Century Challenges

Optional Modules Outside PPE

You can also choose to take optional modules from outside the departments as part of your degree. These can come from other areas in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Business School. Particularly popular are Warwick Business School, Law, Psychology, Sociology, History, Languages and interdisciplinary IATL (Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning) modules.


Within their option choices, PPE students are usually able to take a language module in their first year and one at honours level. Languages are particularly popular with students intending to apply for a year abroad as part of their studies. We teach a wide variety of languages at Warwick, including: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Most are taught at beginner, intermediate and advanced level.

Examples of Options Taken Outside PPE
  • Empire and Oil in the Middle East
  • Forms of Identity: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Commercial Cultures in Global Capitalism
  • Beyond the Binary: Trans-forming Gender
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • Public Opinion
  • Business Studies
  • Racism and Xenophobia
  • Accounting for Sustainability, People, Planet