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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    Bringing together three world-leading departments, this degree integrates politics, philosophy and economics to equip you with skills that are suited to today’s fast-paced and complex economy.

    Core modules will introduce you to key concepts and approaches in philosophy, economics and political studies, as well as the technical and mathematical skills you’ll need to succeed.

    Yet because our staff research interests are so diverse, we can offer an impressive range of optional modules across three subject areas so you can tailor a degree to suit you. This means you could expand your knowledge across areas as broad as the ethics of life and death, UK macroeconomic policy, ancient philosophy, economic development and African politics.

    With a fantastic range of options to choose from that span continents and millennia, this course will grant you an impressive range of subject knowledge – but you’ll also be equipped with skills to become a leader or entrepreneur of the future.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, politics and economics. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    In your first year you’ll take core modules providing you with a firm foundation in key areas like political and economic theory, comparative politics and the mathematical skills you’ll need for economic study.

    You’ll also take the PPE First Year Seminar, offered only to PPE students and run by the Programme Director, where you’ll be trained in analytical thinking and classic philosophical texts. In addition, you may have scope to choose some optional modules or explore discovery modules from across the University.

    Once you have this grounding, you’ll be in a better position to choose from optional modules across philosophy, politics and economics over the next two years. Core modules in your second year will develop your understanding of topics like macroeconomics and microeconomics, but you’ll also choose from more than 30 optional modules across the three subjects.

    By your final year, you’ll be able to apply the critical, interpretive and research skills you’ve acquired when you undertake a major research project and dissertation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules, while maintaining a balance across your studies. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
    • PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 1 20 credits
    • PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 2 20 credits
    • Comparative Politics 20 credits
    • Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas 20 credits
    • Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

    Optional modules

    A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
    • Economic Controversies 10 credits
    • Economics and Global History 10 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
    • Mathematical Economics (for students without A-level Mathematics) 10 credits
    • Political Philosophy OR Moral Philosophy 20 credits
    • Justice, Community and Conflict OR Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Science, Culture and Society in the Industrial Age 20 credits
    • Theories of Growth, Value and Distribution 10 credits
    • How to be a Successful Policy Economist 10 credits
    • Ethics of Life and Death 10 credits
    • Politics and Policy in the EU 20 credits
    • State and Politics in Africa 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Environmental Economics 10 credits
    • Public Enterprise and Regulation 10 credits
    • Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Language 20 credits
    • Philosophical Issues in Technology 20 credits
    • British Foreign Policy 20 credits
    • Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, Leeds University Business School and the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) are all home to tutors at the forefront of research in their fields.

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from their knowledge and experience. Normally these methods involve lectures, seminars and tutorials, though workshops are also used on occasion.

    Independent study is also a vital part of this degree, since it allows you to form and test your own ideas while developing your skills in research, interpretation and analysis.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment, which are usually a mixture of exams and essays. However, some modules may also assess you on oral presentations or group work. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique and public speaking.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: grade A in Mathematics is required as a minimum. Although it is not a formal requirement, many of the strongest applicants for PPE will also be taking AS or A level Mathematics. However, all applicants will be considered on their individual merits.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. An A in Mathematics at GCSE is also required.

    • BTEC

      DDD.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, M1.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall including 17 at Higher Level with 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAAAA.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AA in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AAAAAA in Highers

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 85%.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £15,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    Gaining a degree in PPE requires you to study varied and challenging subjects. This course will equip you with impressively broad subject knowledge as well as transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers.

    You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, and you’ll be comfortable working independently or as a team. You’ll also have strong research skills and highly developed skills of analysis and interpretation.

    All of these qualities are attractive to employers, and graduates from all three schools involved in delivering the course have gone on to succeed in areas such as politics, management, the civil service, journalism, the media, education and the charity sector. Many have also pursued postgraduate study.

    We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. PPE students particularly benefit from our “directors’ teas” – small seminars which give you the chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the world of business, charities or elsewhere in the third sector.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.