Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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  • BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the way societies and the world functions, through the three disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics.
  • Critically examines a range of worldwide social, economic, political, and ethical factors which are shaping the 21st Century.
  • Draws together crucial subject areas to develop and expand your knowledge of global issues and how to solve them.
  • We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. 
  • You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities. 

Fancy studying another subject alongside philosophy, politics and economics? 

Interested in history, English literature, creative writing, ancient civilisations, the environment or classics?

This programme gives you the opportunity to diversify your studies by studying other areas alongside philosophy, politics and economics. For example, you could combine your course with any of the above subjects or with any of our other humanities subjects. 

See the full list of joint honours courses

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

Key Facts

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

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

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.

  • Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of philosophy, politics and economics generally, the programme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues.

  • Some of the areas of study include, for example, microeconomics and macroeconomics, human rights, sustainable development, law and politics, justice and equality, approaches to power, humanitarian intervention, environmental ethics, urbanisation, and growth and development. Options to study abroad may also be available.

  • A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, history, English, classics, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose. You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here.




  • 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
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

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.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Field trip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA Ethical and Political Studies

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

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.