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Philosophy, Politics and Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #93 (QS) ,
Bringing together three world-leading departments, the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree from the University of Leeds integrates politics, philosophy and economics to equip you with skills that are suited to today’s fast-paced and complex economy.

About

Why study?

Bringing together three world-leading departments, the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree from the University of Leeds 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 leaders or entrepreneur of the future.
Career opportunities

A degree in PPE is varied and challenging. It equips 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 our graduates 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    365 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

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 Seminar, 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.

Study abroad opportunities

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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    87

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • A-level: AAA excluding General Studies and Critical thinking, plus GCSE Mathematics at grade A
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 Standard Level points in Mathematics
  • Maths: GCSE grade A in Mathematics (or equivalent) 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 (or equivalent). However, all applicants will be considered on their individual merits.
Access to Leeds participants will receive a lower offer.
Selection principles
  • Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB at A level, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking, plus GCSE Mathematics at grade A.
Access to Leeds is a widening participation scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.