BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

“I always felt the course was kept relevant and in keeping with global economic headlines. I also found the lecturers were very approachable and easy to talk to.”

In their words

Simon Beeson, BSc Economics Alumnus, HSBC

The BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree programme is ideal for those who are seeking to gain a solid grounding in economic science, but are equally interested in political and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour.

Offered in conjunction with the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies you will learn to analyse a given economic, political or social problem using not only economic tools and concepts but also those from political science and philosophy.

Overview

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is suited to those wishing to gain thorough and high-level training in economic science, but also wish to explore political science and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour. By studying this course you will be able to pursue a spectrum of interests within a single degree programme.

You will learn about the core areas of economics; from the global and domestic economy to how it can be improved. In addition to this you will also be taught to analyse a given economic, political or social problem using not only economic tools and concepts, but also those from political science and philosophy. You will learn how to apply this multifaceted approach in order to provide new insights, in comparison to an interpretation based only on a single social science discipline.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, UEA ranked in the top 10 out of all UK institutions on overall satisfaction for the subject area of Economics, and 4th overall for Academic Support.

Find out more about how Economics at UEA inspires ideas, creates careers and invests in you.

Course Structure

Our three-year PPE degree programme has a collaborative teaching approach with a wide range of integrated contemporary modules. There is a compulsory core, built around modules from the School of Economics, the School of Political Social and International Studies and the School of Philosophy. This is complemented by a broad range of modules enabling you to direct your own learning across the three disciplines.

Year 1

In the first year you will study introductory compulsory modules in economics, politics and philosophy: ‘Introductory Macroeconomics’, ‘Introductory Microeconomics’, ‘Philosophical Problems’, ‘Social and Political Theory’. You will also have the opportunity to select optional modules in philosophy and politics.

Year 2

During your second year you will continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics through the modules ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’ and ‘Intermediate Microeconomics’. The remainder of your year will come from a wide range of optional modules in philosophy and politics, further developing your interdisciplinary understanding and knowledge.

Year 3

You will continue your interdisciplinary studies in the final year, with modules from each of the three Schools, ensuring appropriate depth in all three disciplines, and further developing your understanding.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out through examinations and a variety of forms of coursework, including essays, oral presentations, research exercises and group work.

  • Essays are used for testing general levels of understanding and ability to apply concepts
  • Course tests are used for checking on mastery of technical material
  • In some modules, teaching and assessment is supported by audience response system technologies, which help to establish a dialogue between teachers and students, and to convey useful feedback to students in real time
  • Critical review of an academic article is employed in order to test both understanding and the ability to critically assess
  • Examinations allow for open-ended treatment of material.

What Next?

You will be well placed to choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including business, consulting, banking, politics, insurance, working in the Civil Service, business economics, personnel, accountancy, actuarial work, marketing, investment and financial risk analysis, and international organisations.

Many of our graduates go on to build careers in leading organisations, both nationally and internationally, such as:

  • Amazon
  • Aviva
  • Bank of England
  • Barclays
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst and Young
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Service (such as HM Treasury and the Home Office)
  • Grant Thornton
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds
  • PwC
  • Santander

Economics graduates are also amongst the best paid: a HESA (2014) survey showed that economics sits just behind medical and engineering degrees at the top of the graduate salaries table.

Course Modules 2017/8

Year 1

Students with A-level Maths or equivalent will be enrolled on ECO-4003A Mathematics for Economists instead of ECO-4001A Introductory Mathematics for Economists.

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Introductory Macroeconomics 20
Introductory Microeconomics 20
Philosophical Problems 20
Social And Political Theory 20

 

Optional Range A:

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Global Politics 2 20
Introduction To Political Communication 20

 

Optional Range B:

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Credits
Modern Readings In Philosophy 20
Reasoning And Logic 20
Radical Philosophy 20

 

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 20
Intermediate Microeconomics 20

 

Optional Range A:

Students will select 40 credits from the following Politics modules.

Name Credits
Introduction To The European Union 20
International Politics Since 1945 20
EU's Future As An International Actor 20
International Security 20
International Organisation And Global Governance 20
Britain And Europe 20
International Relations Theory 40
In And Out: The Politics Of Migration 20
Power, Wealth And Nations: Global Political Economy 20
Politics And Media 20
Gender And Power 20
Political Violence & Conflict: Theoretical Perspectives 20
Media, Globalisation And Culture 20
The Media And Identity 20
Digital Media And Society 20
Russia And The World 20
Methods Of Social Research 20
Topics In British Politics 20
Democracy 20
Western Political Thought 20
Power And Society 20
Building Blocks Of Political Science 20
Comparative Politics 20
Politics In The USA 20

 

Optional Range B:

Students will select 40 credits from the following Philosophy modules:

Name Credits
Aesthetics And Philosophy Of Art 20
Analytic Philosophy To 1939 20
Empiricism And Naturalism: Experience, Experiments, And Philosophy 20
Ethics For Life 20
Film As Philosophy 20
Logic 20
Nature, Humanity & Environmental Values:
The Philosophy Of The Environment
20
Philosophy Of Mind 20
Political Philosophy 20
World Philosophies 20

 

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

Name Credits
Government, Welfare And Policy 40

 

Options Range A:

Students to choose 30-50 credits from the following Politics modules. Students will select a total of 80 credits across Options Ranges A and B.

Name Credits
Shifting Powers Africa In The 21st Century 30
Ethics In International Relations 30
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 30
European Studies (With Brussels Internship) 20
Politics And Popular Culture 30
Politics And Popular Culture 20
Sound And Society 30
International Communication 30
Consumer Culture And Society 30
Consumer Culture And Society 20
Activist Campaigning 30
International Communication 20
The Clash Of Fundamentalisms 20
Dissertation Modules 30
Better Worlds? Utopias and Dystopias 30
Better Worlds? Utopias and Dystopias 20
Economics Dissertation 20
Australia the Lucky Country?: Politics, Culture, and Society 20
Multiculturalism 30
Multiculturalism 20
Capitalism And Its Critics 30
Capitalism And Its Critics 20
Elections And Electoral Malpractice 30
Elections And Electoral Malpractice 20

 

Options Range B:

Students to choose 30-50 credits from the following Philosophy modules. Students will select a total of 80 credits across Options Ranges A and B.

Name Credits
Philosophy Of Mind: Advanced Themes 30
Dissertation Or Special Subject I 30
Dissertation Or Special Subject II 30
Advanced Themes In Phenomenology And Existentialism 30
Ethics For Life (With Extended Essay) 30
Advanced Themes In Political Philosophy 30
Film As Philosophy With Advanced Essay 30
Logic And Language 30
Philosophy Of Social Science 30
Empiricism And Naturalism:
Experience, Experiments, And Philosophy (Extended Version)
30
World Philosophies (Extended Version) 30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB OR 2 subjects at H1, 4 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above and Mathematics at Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

A GCE A-Level in General Studies and the ifs Diploma are not accepted.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences

International Foundation in Computing with Management

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level ABB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate 32 If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM BTEC Public Services is not accepted.
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of an International Foundation or International Year One programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

Candidates with equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply, or contact the Admissions Office for further information.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International Students webpage.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515