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Economics, Psychology and Philosophy (EPP) (BA/BSc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Economics, Psychology and Philosophy (EPP) (BA/BSc)

Politics, Philosophy and Law (BA)

  • UCAS Code
  • L1CA
  • Qualification
  • BA/BSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3 years/4 years
  • Part-time: up to 6 years
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: A*AA
  • IB: 38
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

Studying Economics, Psychology and Philosophy (EPP) offers a unique opportunity to study at the intersection of three interconnected subjects. You will consider the cognitive and contextual factors that shape people’s decision-making, how we can help people make better decisions, and what is involved in groups of people making decisions.

Studying Economics, Psychology and Philosophy (EPP) at Warwick offers you the opportunity to benefit from the research and teaching strengths of the departments of Economics, Psychology, and Philosophy, and the Warwick Business School. The course builds upon our position as one of the top UK institutions for research in the area of Behavioural Science and on the strength of existing research connections between the four departments.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to combine your study of the disciplines and form your own holistic viewpoint. You will go beyond inter-disciplinary learning to cross-disciplinary study, where one discipline is critiqued from the perspective of others.

The flexible structure allows you to specialise in Behavioural Economics, Philosophy and Psychology, or a Tripartite degree, and to graduate with either a BSc or BA.

The course allows you to gain strong knowledge in each of the disciplines while also enabling you to specialise according to your interests and strengths.

The first year comprises of core foundation modules in each subject before you can select a pathway in Second Year to guide your remaining choices.

In your Second and Third Years, you will take a combination of modules from the departments to complement your pathway, combining a number of core modules with your own optional module choices.

In Third Year, all students study the interdisciplinary EPP module, bringing together the subjects and focussing on topics at the intersection of the disciplines.

Each department is slightly different in how teaching is organised and you will experience different teaching methods.

Typically you can expect to experience lectures, smaller seminar groups in which to discuss and debate, and some practical and project work. Independent study is also important.

Assessment is via a mixture of coursework, tests and exams.

First Year results are qualifying and do not count towards your degree classification. The final degree classification is determined by your Second and Final Year marks and each year contributes 50%.

Students on this course have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated study abroad year at one of our many partner institutions, extending their degree to four years. As well as offering an opportunity to experience an alternative university system, studying abroad can also provide the chance to improve language skills and to gain an understanding of a country that can only be gained by living and working in it.

You can apply for an intercalated year of Work Placement that extends the degree to four years.

A level: A*AA, no subject requirements, and A in GCSE Maths

IB: 38 points, to include 5 in Standard or Higher Level Maths/Maths Studies

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

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 (to a minimum of BBB).

  • 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.

    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 One
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

This module combines three modules together; Mathematical Techniques, Statistical Techniques and Computer and Data Analysis. You will cover topics ranging from algebra and calculus to distributions and hypothesis testing. By the end, you will have acquired the skills to understand economic data and have the ability to use a statistical package to analyse data.

Psychology in Context

This module introduces you to the history of psychology and core topics in social, developmental and cognitive psychology. You will be able to discuss some of the classic studies, critically appreciate the main concepts and take a historical perspective on psychology as a science.

Introduction to Philosophy

You will have a wide-ranging introduction to philosophy, including ancient, continental, moral and political philosophy, followed by epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and aesthetics, and logic. You will learn to engage critically with different viewpoints and critically analyse and evaluate arguments central to philosophy.

Year Two

(taken depending on pathway) Optional cores:

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.

Language and Cognition

In this module, you will investigate cognitive processes that underlie language, decision making and problem solving, in the context of investigating the evolution, biological mechanisms, and cognitive processes of language and communication. You will master key findings and methods in psycholinguistics and cognitive science, and be able to critically evaluate theories of language and cognition.

Microeconomics 2

You will gain a solid understanding of intermediate and some advanced principles of microeconomics and be exposed to a range of applications of theory. You will spend time on the use of mathematical concepts in the field for analysis, and cover important principles of general equilibrium and social welfare, market failure, choice and uncertainty, and static and dynamic games of complete and incomplete information.

Perception, Planning and Action

If you are curious about the psychology of perceiving, planning and acting, and the role of perception in controlling and guiding movement, this module is for you. You will deepen your understanding of perception through the study of neuropsychological deficits, and understand how the study of neuropsychological impairments has helped to develop theories for intact perception, planning and action. You will evaluate the classic theories of selective attention, and understand how perception and action are linked. We will also examine how visual and somatosensory systems are involved in governing and planning movement, and learn how complex movements are generated by simple mechanisms in the body.

Foundations of Human Sociality and Cooperation

This module explores the origins and basis of human sociality and cooperation using an interdisciplinary approach that includes theories and empirical findings from psychology, economics, sociology, biology and anthropology. It addresses evolutionary mechanisms, psychological mechanisms (from a developmental and comparative perspective) and societal mechanisms underlying human social and cooperative interactions. It will address a variety of topics and questions such as: How does prosocial behaviour develop in life (ontogeny)? What are the evolutionary roots of human cooperation and morality? What is the role of social norms in societies? How can our knowledge about human sociality improve decisions in business and public policy?

Philosophical Issues in Behavioural Science

Philosophical investigation is indispensable for fully understanding many discoveries in the behavioural sciences, and for identifying new areas of investigation. Key questions include: Are any cognitive processes modular? Is a distinction such as that between implicit and explicit knowledge needed in explaining cognitive development? Are there distinct roles for intention and motor representation in explaining the purposiveness of action? How if it all do motor representations shape experiences of actions, one’s own or others’? What is categorical perception and how is it related to phenomenology? Are there multiple systems for tracking others’ actions, beliefs and other mental states? Can emotions or other mental phenomena be known by means of perceiving them? When two or more agents act together, in virtue of what can their actions have a collective goal? What is it for agents to act together cooperatively, or to be committed to do so?

Year Three
Interdisciplinary EPP module
Choices from a wide range of modules across the departments
Examples of optional modules for current students

Economics: Collective Decisions, Economics of Strategy, Economics of Public Policy, Behavioural Economics: Theory and Applications.

Psychology: Social Psychology, Behaviour Change, Psychology and the Law, Non-Verbal Behaviour.

Warwick Business School: Consumer Behaviour, International Business Strategy, Decision Analysis, Governance, Politics and Corporate Accountability.

Philosophy: Computability Theory, Moral Psychology, The Philosophy of the Emotions, Applied Ethics.

The current attention that this interdisciplinary field of research, particularly the area of Behavioural Science and Behavioural Economics, receives across academia, government and the private sector makes it excellent preparation for a wide range of careers within local government, public health, media, charities and NGOs, marketing and finance.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the disciplines of Economics, Philosophy and Psychology
  • demonstrate an ability to choose appropriate methods for problem-solving according to the specific disciplines studied
  • work autonomously within a structured environment
  • conform to the expectations for scholarly research and communication in the different disciplines studied in written work and in spoken contributions to debate and discussion
  • demonstrate the ability to apply a range of methods and conceptual frameworks as used within the disciplines of Economics, Psychology and Philosophy
  • evaluate and criticise received opinion
  • produce work that draws on a variety of material

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Philosophy Orienteering/Scavenger Hunt
  • Identifying Your Skills, Strengths and Motivators for Philosophy Students
  • Thinking about Work Experience for Philosophy Students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: A*AA, no subject requirements, and A in GCSE Maths

IB: 38 points, to include 5 in Standard or Higher Level Maths/Maths Studies

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code


Bachelor of Arts (BA)/ Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Department of Philosophy

3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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.

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