Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons)

Key information


Philosophy, Politics and Economics unites three disciplines that are foundational to public life and policy. Nowadays, anyone hoping to understand or advance in politics has to be proficient in economics, and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of the various political views that jostle on the public stage has long been recognised as hugely important.

This programme can also be studied over four years, with the third year spent on a relevant, salaried work placement (UCAS code: L0V1). Visit the BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Year in Industry course page for further information.

Programme in detail

This degree provides the opportunity to master the overlap of these three disciplines, to come to grips with some of their specialisms, to attain a very thorough grounding in mathematical economics, and to develop skills in identifying and evaluating the principles and values that underlie debates. The combination is highly sought after by employers, who appreciate the breadth of knowledge and variety of skills that it provides.

Year One will comprise entirely of compulsory modules: four from economics, and two each from philosophy and politics. In Year Two, you will take compulsory modules in economics, one compulsory philosophy module, and choose from a range of philosophy and politics options, which will give you some flexibility in the direction of your studies. For your final year you choose between a PPE-focused work placement or dissertation, and then optional modules from each of the three subjects.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

94 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 7th for Philosophy in the Guardian University Guide 2017

Graduate prospects

92% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

National Student Survey

95% of our students find their programme 'intellectually stimulating’ (National Student Survey 2016) and 100% of students said staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Be challenged intellectually

You will be taught by internationally recognised philosophers, economists, and political theorists with research expertise that spans right across the three disciplines, and you will delve into some of the deepest and most difficult questions known to humanity, reading some of the literature foundational for western culture and society.

Develop the vital skills employers look for

Studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics will help you to develop advanced numeracy and literacy skills and improve your ability to weigh up arguments, to communicate your own opinions persuasively, and to respond thoughtfully to objections. Employers value PPE because any graduate-level job will require the employee to be able to sift through a large mass of information to find the relevant parts, weigh up the arguments for and against a particular view or course of action, and present advice in a clear and compelling manner. You will be offered the chance to gain invaluable experience through our work experience and study-abroad opportunities. Besides these opportunities, it is also possible to be involved in volunteering activities within the University, or to work locally with the support of our award-winning careers service.

Experience the full breadth of our academics' expertise

Staff members from the three disciplines are actively researching and publishing in a variety of fields with national and international reputations. This research activity underpins all our taught courses, and students benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of staff for their subjects.

Be part of a city with a reputation for broad-mindedness

Philosophy comes alive in Liverpool and there is a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city. The city also has a strong tradition of political activity that is much deeper and more nuanced than often reported on the news. Liverpool’s past and present status as an economic hub cements its position as an ideal choice for a PPE candidate.