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.”

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This course is ideal for those who are seeking to gain a solid grounding in economic science, but who are equally interested in political science and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour.

Offered in conjunction with the School of Political, Social and International Studies, and the School of Philosophy, the benefits are correspondingly substantial as 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.


The BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree 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.

We have received excellent feedback from our students, having been ranked first for academic support and second for overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey. We also have a 100 per cent employability success rate (DLHE 2014/15).

Course Structure

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

Year 1

In the first year you will study introductory compulsory modules in economics, politics and philosophy: ‘Philosophical Problems’, ‘Social and Political Theory’ and ‘Introduction to Contemporary Politics’.  You will have the opportunity to select from the optional modules ‘Reasoning and Logic’, ‘Modern Reading in Philosophy’, and ‘Great Books’.

Year 2

During your second year you will continue to develop your understanding of macro and microeconomics through the module ‘Intermediate Economics’. You will also select several optional modules from a range offered by the School of Political, Social and International Studies and the School of Philosophy, developing your interdisciplinary understanding and knowledge.

Year 3

You will continue your interdisciplinary studies in the final year by choosing modules from each of the three Schools, developing your understanding of the social world. You will study how philosophical assumptions are traced and how they resonate within the fields of economics and politics. You will also study one compulsory module from the School of Economics- Government, Welfare and Policy.


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
  • Econometric projects are used for testing ability to apply, interpret and assess statistical techniques
  • 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:

  • HSBC
  • Bank of America
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Government Economic Services
  • KPMG
  • JP Morgan
  • Grant Thornton
  • UN – United Nations
  • Santander
  • Citi Bank
  • Barclays
  • Lloyds
  • Bank of England
  • Aviva
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • BDO

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

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Philosophical Problems
  • Social and Political Theory

Optional Modules:

  • Reasoning and Logic
  • Modern Readings in Philosophy
  • Great Books
  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to Political Communication


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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

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. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

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

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.

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