• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme at Utrecht University considers political and economic issues from four different perspectives: philosophy, politics, economics and history. The addition of a historical dimension to PPE is something you’ll only find in Utrecht, where we are convinced that understanding the past will help us make better choices for the future.
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Why are populist political parties becoming increasingly popular? Is this a bad development? Do we have an obligation to save the natural environment for future generations? How has migration developed, and how has it contributed to shaping health care and education policy over time? What would the economic effects be if we gave all citizens a national basic income?

Though it is possible to answer complex questions like these, it is definitely not easy. To help solve our world’s biggest challenges, we need experts who are able to look at societal issues from various perspectives. 

Our new Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) meets this need. The programme provides high-level, intensive training for students who are eager to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

As well as gaining thorough knowledge of each of these four fields, you will also be trained to combine them to address the world’s most challenging problems. At Utrecht University , we believe that this is the best approach to designing complete and effective solutions. 

Is PPE for you?

Do you have a strong interest in societal challenges? Are you convinced they can only be solved by combining knowledge and insights from multiple disciplines? Are you eager to put this into action, to be challenged and taken out of your comfort zone? Are you ready to be part of a dynamic international community? Then PPE at Utrecht University is for you!

For Independent Minds

As a PPE graduate, you will be able to critically analyse the toughest global problems through various lenses. Not only will we teach you how to approach complex challenges, we will also give you the tools to communicate your own point of view and take responsibility for your own personal and intellectual development. 

As a critical and independent thinker, you will be able to take on analytical and leadership positions in both the private sector (e.g. multinationals) and public sector (e.g. in government). Alternatively, you can go on to do a Master’s degree, a PhD and, eventually, an academic career.

Career Prospects

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme at Utrecht University provides a programme which enables students to apply for jobs or graduate programmes in the Netherlands and abroad. 

In addition to giving you a Bachelor's degree from a world-wide renowned university, it will give you an interdisciplinary degree in the English language, which means that after completing the PPE programme here, you will be eligible to apply for much more further opportunities than would someone with a regular, monodisciplinary, Bachelor's programme. 

Furthermore, if you would choose to pursue a Master's programme, you can easily do t

his within the national or international context without having to prove further English language proficiency. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Major Debates In Global Economic History
  • Comparative Democratic Institutions
  • Ethics & Public Policy
  • Micro-economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Politics & Policy-making

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • VWO diploma including wiskunde A or B and a grade of 8 or higher for English
  • If your English grade on your most recent VWO transcript, at the time of the submission of your application, is likely to be below 8.0, you are allowed to prove your English proficiency via other factual evidence, for example via a test score. If you wish to use this option, you will have to pay for the test yourself.
  • A comparable international diploma (such as an International Baccalaureate (IB) with equivalent exam subject(s) in Mathematics)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12578 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12578 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11257 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11257 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Dutch and other EU/EEA students: €4,337

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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