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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

The PPE degree will help you understand and evaluate social, political and economic institutions at an advanced level. It is taught jointly by all three partner departments. As well as subject-specific content, the course includes core interdisciplinary modules in economics and philosophy, politics and economics, and philosophy and politics. We also offer a diverse menu of optional modules including interdisciplinary options, allowing you to follow your own interests and specialise.

Our staff work at the forefront of research in their subjects, giving you access to the latest knowledge in all three areas.

How will I learn?

You will study a set of core modules in all three disciplines, which amount to just over half of the required modules. In addition, you can choose optional modules in each of the three PPE departments or from other departments of the University.

Each department is slightly different in how teaching is organised and you will experience different teaching methods, including lectures and small-group seminars as well as independent study. Typically you will have 12–15 hours of contact time in your first year and 10–12 hours in your second and third years, with your third year dedicated more to individual research.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and exams, and in some modules you are allowed to choose the assessment method. The first year exams are qualifying exams are pass to proceed and do not count towards your degree classification. This will be determined on the basis of your second- and third-year results.

Can I study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated or integrated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level A*AA, plus grade A in GCSE Mathematics (or acceptable equivalent).

    International Baccalaureate 38 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies.

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking at A level.

    Essential subjects Many of our applicants for PPE will be taking at least one science/maths subject and at least one essay-writing subject to AS Level or above. However, all applications will be considered on their individual merits.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

    Departmental Open Days All students who receive an offer will be invited to visit the department to meet staff and students. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

Your first year comprises foundation modules in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and quantitative techniques (mathematics, statistics and data analysis) plus one year long or two term-long optional modules. Choices include World Politics, Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, Ideas of Freedom or The World Economy, but you can also choose from outside areas such as Business, History or Psychology, or a language. In your second year, you select one of six pathways, depending on whether you wish to specialise in two subjects or continue studying all three. In your third year, you take two from a choice of three compulsory interdisciplinary modules. These focus on important areas of application, e.g. the ethics, politics and economics of global economic governance, or climate change policies. You can choose to write a dissertation on a PPE-related topic or undertake research in applied economics, politics or philosophy.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the PPE website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Policy Analyst, Bank of England; Economics Advisor, Department of Transport, UK; Advisory Manager, PwC; Lecturer, University of Essex; Research Fellow, Harvard University; Policy and Campaigns Support Officer, Trade Union Centre; Analyst, Goldman Sachs.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
A*AA, plus grade A in GCSE Mathematics (or acceptable equivalent).

IB: 38 points, to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Student blogs

Arthi Nachiappan - PPE

Simon Wilson - PPE

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.