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BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Examine the relationship between political and economic debates in modern society.

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
AAA. (Please see entry requirements for full details.)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

6,6,6 at Higher level, 36 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5.

 Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

In 2017 there were approximately 650 applications for 99 places for this degree.

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
LV25
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

  • Are you interested in philosophical and political arguments and their economic context?
  • Do you want to gain insights from different fields and apply them to pressing policy concerns?
  • Would you like to be able to analyse and evaluate sources, and form rigorous arguments?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme.

Open days

  • Find out more and register for an Open Day

Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will email you an invitation to visit us late January, February or early March. These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff.

If you are visiting Manchester and would like to visit our admissions office please make an appointment in advance. (Call +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk )

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4470
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4751
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/socialsciences
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Entry requirements

A-level

  • AAA
  • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A Level.
  • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

Minimum grade B in English Language and Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,6 at Higher level, 36 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5.

 Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H1.

Scottish requirements

AAAAB in Scottish Highers.  Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk    Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade B in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants studying the European Baccalaureate are expected to achieve 77% overall and no lower than 80% in English.

Other international entry requirements

Pearson BTEC qualifications

The School accepts Pearson BTEC qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels.

National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

National Diploma - accepted with grades MP, alongside two A-levels at grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

Foundation Diploma - accepted with grade M, alongside two A-levels at grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

Subsidiary Diploma - accepted with grade D, alongside two A-levels at grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technicals (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels. Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma- accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Foundation Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AA in different subject areas.

Access to HE Diploma

  • Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.
  • Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits  (39 Distinctions/6 Merits).
  • Minimum grade B in English Language and grade B in Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk

Cambridge Pre-U

Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, D3 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route (eg home educated) we will consider your application against the standard entry criteria for the course to which you apply.

You must also provide a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.

English language

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. For international students equivalent qualifications would be:

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
  • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B

If you have other English language qualifications and want to find out if they would be acceptable, please email socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Potential candidates are expected to demonstrate why they have chosen this particular degree in their personal statement and express why the course interests them.

Applicants submitting mitigating circumstances

If you are submitting information about mitigating circumstances that have affected, or are likely to affect, your academic performance, you should include this in the referee's report.

We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting school.

(Examples of mitigating circumstances include family illness, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school of college.)

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference and personal statement.

Interview requirements

We do not interview.

Returning to education

We welcome applications from anyone who is returning to education.

Contact: Tom McCunnie tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applicants classed as international students who are studying Foundation Year Programmes, will be considered on the basis they have completed their High School education in full. Please see our list of approved UK foundation programmes and entry requirements  for more information. We also accept a number of qualifications from around the globe. For further information please see our country-specific information pages. If you still need help please email us  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk .

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only.

NB Some English Language test results, such as IELTS of TOEFL, are only valid from two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We consider applicants who are resitting.

Contact: socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you can apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may refer back to previous applications or registrations at the University.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should include additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing you will need to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

  • Are you interested in philosophical and political arguments and their economic context?
  • Do you want to gain insights from different fields and apply them to pressing policy concerns?
  • Would you like to be able to analyse and evaluate sources, and form rigorous arguments?
  • Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme .

The BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics programme - or PPE for short - is a structured, balanced, yet flexible programme of study, informed by today's freshest research.

The course covers a wide range of topics, problems and issues in contemporary politics, philosophy and economics.

Our PPE degree is based in the School of Social Sciences and provides a great opportunity to join a vibrant community spanning three interrelated disciplines.

You will learn how key insights from different fields can be applied to pressing policy concerns and in doing so can gain an unusually broad and rich set of intellectual and critical skills.

Aims

 This degree aims to:
  • enhance your capacity to analyse and evaluate competing arguments about political events, ideas and institutions;
  • give you an understanding of economic systems and theories and place the study of economics in its broader institutional and political context
  • develop your ability to formulate rigorous arguments and philosophical positions.

Special features

  • All permanent members of philosophy teaching staff are internationally recognised researchers publishing their work in journals and books and giving talks around the world.
  • From 2015 Manchester is the new home of the British Election Study
  • Excellence in teaching: Politics Staff have won University teaching excellence awards (2010-11, 2011-12) and achieved national recognition, twice winning the Political Studies Association, Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007, 2012).
  • Our students can also apply for a valuable summer work placement in their second year through our Q-Step programme.

Our students

Philosophy students in figures (2014):

  • Students on the course came from 15 countries
  • Their ages ranged from 18 - 29
  • The male / female ratio was 63 : 37

Meet our students

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) uses a variety of assessment methods, including exams and assessed essay work, but you'll also get weekly worksheets (in Logic).

We are also piloting a range of new methods of assessment including seminar presentations and how you perform in tutorials.

In your final year you will complete a dissertation.

Course content for year 1

In your first year your studies are split equally across the three disciplines. The grounding you gain in each subject allows you to progress smoothly into your second year and gives you the requisite knowledge to make informed decisions about which courses to choose.

You would take 120 credits overall (or 8 individual course units) from:

Politics

Compulsory unit

  • Introduction to Political Theory

Optional units include

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Britain in the Global Context
  • Introduction to International Politics.

Philosophy

Compulsory unit

  • Critical Thinking

Optional units include

  • Values We Live By
  • Discovering Reality
  • Mind and World
  • Philosophy and Social Sciences

Economics

Compulsory units

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10041 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Mandatory
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
History of Philosophy PHIL10401 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10632 20 Optional
Philosophy & Social Science PHIL10641 20 Optional
Study Skills POLI10100 0 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 22 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In your second year you deepen your understanding of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Your studies are again split equally over the three disciplines and there are compulsory course units in each, but you have more freedom to choose courses reflect your developing interests.

Politics

Compulsory unit

  • Freedom and Equality: Contemporary Debates

Optional units include

  • The Politics of (in)Security
  • Questions about International Politics
  • Arguing about Politics
  • Chinese Politics Today
  • Politics of Policy Making
  • France under the Fifth Republic
  • National Politics of Germany and Mediterranean Politics

Philosophy

A compulsory unit from

  • Formal Logic
  • Ethics
  • 20th Century Analytical Philosophy
  • Aesthetics

Optional units include

  • any of the other compulsory units
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophical Methods.

Economics

You need to take 20 credits (or two courses) from:

  • Microeconomics IIA
  • Microeconomics IIB
  • Macroeconomics IIA
  • Macroeconomics IIB.

You can either choose the remainder of your courses from Micro/Macroeconomics or choose your remaining 20 credits from:

Managerial Economics, Operational Research, Economics of Environment Management, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Marketing Research, Development Economics, Business Economics, Applied Environmental Economics, Policy Analysis.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20000 20 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Economic History ECON20212 10 Optional
Further Mathematics ECON20281 10 Optional
Further Statistics ECON20292 10 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Business Economics 1A ECON20341 10 Optional
Business Economics IB ECON20342 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIA ECON20351 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIA ECON20401 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIB ECON20402 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Jurisprudence LAWS20101 20 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20041 20 Optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20232 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20241 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20261 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20272 20 Optional
Phenomenology PHIL20612 20 Optional
Philosophical Methods PHIL20891 20 Optional
Aesthetics PHIL20952 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Challenges for Democratic Politics POLI20961 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
What is Europe? POLI20991 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21002 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 41 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year you can concentrate on two of the three disciplines, pursuing the interests that you have developed over the preceding two years.

Compulsory units

  • Topics in PPE - an interdisciplinary course designed specifically for PPE students
  • Dissertation

Optional units include

Politics : Politics of the European Union; Pluralism, Democracy and Citizenship, The Politics of Hate, Business and Politics in Britain, News Media & International Crisis, International Political Economy, Global Justice, Politics of Social Policy, Terrorism and Political Violence in Europe, Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and British Political Tradition, Politics of Obscenity and Politics of Public Spending

Philosophy : Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophical Logic, Metaphysics, Special Author: Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Language, Issues in Epistemology, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Music and Personhood and Freedom of the Will

Economics : Advanced Macroeconomics, The Macroeconomics of Labour Markets, The Chinese Economy, Natural Resource Economics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Economics, Cross Section Economics, Business Forecasting, Mathematical Finance, Time Series Economics, Financial Economics, Development Economics, History of Economic Thought, Money, Banking & Financial Markets and Economic Policy Analysis.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Topics in PPE SOCS30001 20 Mandatory
Dissertation in Economics ECON30100 20 Optional
Dissertation (20 credit) PHIL30000 20 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30031 20 Optional
Russian Politics POLI30072 20 Optional
Gender, Sex and Politics POLI30232 20 Optional
Elections and Voters in Britain and the United States POLI30241 20 Optional
Political Morality and Dirty Hands POLI30272 20 Optional
Ethical Issues in World Politics POLI30322 20 Optional
Politics of Hate POLI30452 20 Optional
Violence, Identity and Popular Culture POLI30461 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30791 20 Optional
Political Communication: Language and Power POLI30842 20 Optional
Africa & Global Politics POLI30862 20 Optional
War, Genocide, Terror: Understanding Organised Violence POLI30892 20 Optional
Comparative Protest Politics -Voting with their Feet POLI30922 20 Optional
Ideologies of Global Capitalism POLI31002 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31011 20 Optional
Children, Family and Social Justice POLI31031 20 Optional
American Politics: Why Do They Do That? POLI31061 20 Optional
The Politics of Climate Change POLI31072 20 Optional
Knowledge Production in Peace-building: Practices and Processes POLI31081 20 Optional
Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt POLI31091 20 Optional
Anarchy and Authority POLI32031 20 Optional
Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and the British Political Tradition POLI32042 20 Optional
Fear and Loathing in International Relations: The Problem of Identity and Difference POLI32061 20 Optional
Fear and Loathing in International Relations: The Problem of Identity and Difference POLI32061 20 Optional
Between War and Peace POLI32071 20 Optional
The International Political Economy of Trade POLI32082 20 Optional
United States Foreign Policy: Dominance and Decline in a Complex World POLI32132 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 31 course units for year 3

What our students say

'Choosing my degree programme was the biggest investment decision I had made at that stage in my life. I wanted to make sure that I left university with a respected degree that is highly regarded by graduate employers. PPE certainly does that.'

Tom Danaher , PPE student.

'My favourite thing about studying PPE has been that in the first couple of years I had the opportunity to study a broad range of topics across the social sciences so when it came to third year I really knew what interested me and have had the chance to specialise accordingly. The PPE society acts as a brilliant support system both socially and academically and has been a massive part of my University experience.'

Catherine Boggild , PPE student.

'If you are looking for a broad and deep understanding of contemporary affairs then PPE at Manchester is for you. There is also a lot of flexibility on the programme so if you want to specialise in a particular discipline, two or all of the fields you can tailor what you do around your interests and future plans. Aside from the brilliant teaching there is also a really active and intimate student society which can really help when make friends at the university.'

Matthew Fright , PPE student.

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

A degree in  Politics, Philosophy and Economics  would give you the skills and knowledge that you need to able to succeed in the future.

Graduates from PPE are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Some examples of what our recent graduates have gone on to do are (Source: DLHE):

  • Employers: Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Barclays, The University of Manchester, Alliance Financial Group, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Department of Education, New Economic Development and Shelter
  • Job Roles: Senior Banking Executive, Trainee Tax Accountant, Commercial Officer, Economic Analyst, Policy Advisor, Trainee Manager.

As the PPE degree brings together the three interrelated disciplines of Politics, Philosophy and Economics you would develop and unrivalled range of transferable skills  throughout your time at Manchester.

  • Studying Politics means that you can analyse the behaviour of government from local, national and international perspectives and provide an understanding and rationale behind policy decisions that affect all of us. Studying politics shows that you are capable of researching and referencing your argument and that you are capable of using rhetoric to reinforce your position in a debate.
  • In Philosophy you would learn to develop and express rational arguments and use logical reasoning and critical analysis to defend your position and critique opposing viewpoints.
  • Economics gives you the tools to analyse the economic environment around us. You would gain a grounding in quantitative methods such as Mathematics & Statistics or Econometrics - which would be highly applicable elsewhere - as well as help you develop an understanding of the spectrum of the wider economy from the reasoning behind macroeconomic government policy to the microeconomic behaviour of individual firms .

Throughout your studies at Manchester - and even after you graduate - you will have access to our Careers Service . Consistently voted best in the UK by both students and employers there is a great deal of support available to you with a dedicated team of careers advisors and resources that you can access. Whether you are looking for a part time job, a summer internship or applying for a graduate scheme there's help to make yourself as employable as possible. You can find more information on the Careers Service website but examples of the support available are:

  • One to one advice such as application advice and quick tips, guidance appointments and practice interviews
  • Online and interactive services including one to one and group sessions with careers staff, experts and employers.
  • Information resources from our Careers Resource Centre and online resources such as practice psychometric tests.

As Manchester is one of the most targeted Universities in the UK by graduate employers the Careers service also organizes fairs and events throughout the year to give you a chance to meet graduate recruiters and ask your questions; These include the `Graduate Recruitment fair', `The Finance, Business and Management Fair' and the `Postgraduate Study fair'.