BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the way societies and the world functions, through the three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.

By doing so, students will possess a broad range of skills that will prepare them for numerous career paths, principally within politcs.  

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 124S
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time
Start Date: September

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at UWTSD focuses on current political structures as well as the future of politics and economics, with an emphasis on environmental issues. Both the political and economic modules will be underpinned by a philosophical framework.

UK, European, and global political structures will be examined alongside its surrounding social and philosophical frameworks. Alongside this, students will gain a thorough grounding in economic theory. There will be a particular focus on environmental economics and the economics of transition to new energy sources, and the ecomonics of a low carbon future.

  • People’s Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
  • Interactions with the Environment: Making Things, Transforming Things
  • Freedom, Equality and Justice: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • The Ethics and Politics of Law: Introductory Aspects
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • An Introduction to Ecology
  • Independent Project
  • Political Anthropology: Approaches to Power
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • Population Growth, Urbanisation and Sustainability
  • Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • World Politics
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • The Ecological Self
  • Law and Ethics for a Future: People and Planet
  • Small class sizes will encourage stimulating debate and discussion of ideas between students and staff alike.
  • Approachable and friendly staff who are available to talk through ideas and queries outside of the classroom.
  • A beautiful and unique location which is ideally suited for study.
  • Research-active staff in the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.
  • Strong community ethos and a commitment to sustainability.

Assessments will vary from module to module to ensure that students are able to improve, develop, and practise a broad range of skills. Students may be assessed through essays, group projects, presentations, portfolios, reviews or exams.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Students who graduate with BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics will have an extensive range of skills that is beneficial in many careers.

For example, students will have a better understanding of political, social and economic structures on a local and global level which will be advantageous in many careers. Besides subject knowledge, graduates will also be sensitive to other cultures, will have developed strong evaluative and analytical skills and thinking, and also posess excellent communication skills. 

Typical career paths graduates will consider are within the political or economic sector.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

This dynamic new cluster of programmes is now open to recruitment for the academic year 2017-18, subject to validation.

As students submit their applications for their course so they will be contacted by our admissions team and invited to a student experience weekend or sent any additional information as requested.

Applicants will also be contacted by the Programme Director ( with updates of any new books and articles of interest, relevant news from across the world, updates on staff activities and research, new appointments, useful web and social media sites and any other developments relating to the programme.  

If there are any changes to the form or style of the programme, as a result perhaps of validation, applicants will be informed as quickly as possible. Similarly should a particular programme not recruit to number, applicants will be contacted in a timely fashion (the end of January) to ensure they can apply for a similar course within the set UCAS timeframe.