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 recognized as hugely important.
This degree provides the opportunity to master the overlap of these three disciplines and also to come to grips with some of their specialisms. The combination is highly sought after by employers, who appreciate the breadth of knowledge and variety of skills that it provides.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
95 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
Ranked 7th for Philosophy in the Guardian University Guide 2017
86% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)
National Student Survey
• 95% of our students find their programme 'intellectually stimulating’ (National Student Survey 2016)
• 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 with research expertise that spans most of philosophy’s breadth and history. Our enthusiastic teaching reflects this research excellence, and is further demonstrated in our very high National Student Survey (NSS) scores. In all sessions, you will be encouraged to share your perspective with your fellow students and tutors.
Develop the vital skills employers look for
Philosophy is all about being able to weigh up arguments, to communicate your own opinion persuasively, and to respond thoughtfully to objections. Employers value philosophy 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. From Year Two, we offer students the chance to gain invaluable experience through our work experience and study abroad opportunities. Besides taking our dedicated work experience module, many of our students are involved in activities within the University or work locally with the support of our award-winning careers service.
Experience the full breadth of our academics' expertise
Members of the Department 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 subject. We are proud of the breadth of our research, which includes ancient philosophy, environmental philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of the future, philosophy of literature, and Indian philosophy.
Be part of a city with a reputation for philosophical thought
Philosophy comes alive in Liverpool and we have a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city. You will be able to get involved in many activities.