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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

Some of today's most pressing problems such as climate change, the refugee crisis, and poverty are best understood from different perspectives. On this course we explore these important issues, drawing on insights from philosophy, politics and economics.

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Your enthusiasm for the three interconnected disciplines will be rewarded with teaching from excellent lecturers who are equally enthusiastic for their topics. A diverse range of modules are taught by world-leading researchers in each of our three highly ranked departments. Once you’ve built solid foundations in each of the three subjects, you’ll have flexibility to tailor your module choices to suit your own interests.

By choosing one of the largest and most international PPE programmes in the UK, you’ll learn alongside students from many backgrounds and cultures, sharing different insights and perspectives on the topics you cover at the intersections of the three subjects.

All students take the first year core modules in all three disciplines. Before the start of Year 2, students choose from a set of six pathways. You can focus on all three subjects (BA Tripartite) or choose to focus on a combination of two (BA Bipartite or BSc Bipartite with Economics Major).

Year 1: 80% core, 20% options, Year 2: 25%-50% core, 50%-75% options, Final Year: 25% core, 75% options.

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.

Contact hours

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.

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. Assessment is dependent on the modules taken. Year 1 is 5-10% assessed, Year 2 and Year 3 are up to 87.5% assessed dependent on the chosen modules.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

Our students have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at prestigious universities throughout Europe and in the US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan as part of their course.

There is the option to take a work abroad placement as part of an intercalated year on some pathways of this course.

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A level: A*AA plus at least grade 7/ grade A in GCSE Mathematics

  • IB: 38 to include 5 in Higher or Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

  • 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 website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Politics

Economics 1

You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.

Quantitative Techniques (inc. a choice of level of mathematical and statistical techniques)

Optional modules from the three departments or outside options. Some examples of modules being taken in 2017/18 are: The World Economy; Nine Ideas in International Security; Foundations of Political Economy; Justice Democracy and Citizenship; World Politics; Ancient Philosophy; Reason, Argument and Analysis; Introduction to Environmental Economics; Linear Algebra; The Industrial Economy: Strategy.

Year 2 (taken depending on pathway)

Optional cores:

History of Modern Philosophy


Applied Ethics

Political Theory from Hobbes

Issues in Political Theory (taken in Year Three)

Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.

Applied Econometrics

You will learn important skills of both academic and vocational value, an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and social scientist and also useful for your future career. These skills include awareness of the empirical approach to economics and social science; reviewing and extending fundamental statistical concepts; methods of data collection and analysis; regression analysis, its extensions and applications; use of spreadsheets and statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA.

Econometrics 1

You will be equipped with important skills of both academic and vocational value, being an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and also useful for your future career. This includes an awareness of the empirical approach to economics; experience in analysis and use of empirical data; understanding the nature of uncertainty and methods of dealing with it; and using econometric software packages as tools of quantitative and statistical analysis. With the required necessary skills and knowledge to critically appraise work in applied economics, you will have a good grasp of the dangers, pitfalls and problems encountered in applied modelling.

Year 3
Principles of Political Economy: Economics and Politics

Principles of Political Economy: Philosophy and Economics

Principles of Political Economy: Politics and Philosophy

Students also take an optional core of any interdisciplinary module from the three departments.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying in 2017/18 across Years 2 and 3

States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy; International Trade; Biopolitics; War and Economy in the Twentieth Century; Philosophy in Education, Capitalism and its Alternatives; Topics in Development Economics; Feminism; Politics of Religion; Politics and Culture in the Middle East.

The flexibility of our PPE programme means that graduates have access to a wide range of careers. Some careers of recent graduates include:

Analyst, Broadcasting Intern, Business Analyst, Campaigns Officer, Charity Intern, Civil Service Policy Adviser, Corporate Tax Adviser, Diplomatic Attaché, Economist, Journalist, Lawyer, Lecturer, Maths Teacher, Parliamentary Assistant, Portfolio Manager, Production Editor (Publishing), Researcher (Think Tank, academia), Risk analyst, Sales Manager, Senior Associate, Solicitor, Trader.

Support is available through the careers and skills team, including PPE-specific sessions and individual appointments for 1-to-1 guidance with a PPE-specifc advisor. The PPE Society also have a mentoring system including links with recent graduates.

Entry Requirements

A level A*AA Additional grade A in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)

IB 38 to include 5 in Higher or Standard Level Mathematics/Mathematical Studies


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

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

Undergraduate students are expected to purchase their own copies of the primary texts for the course, though the departments try to make a considerable amount of material available online and through course materials. It is estimated that students may spend up to £150 per year of study on books. Undergraduate students can obtain most required texts from the University Library. Photocopying/printing costs for essays might come to £25 per year.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.