Philosophy, Politics and Economics

BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

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About the course

This is one of the longest-running courses of its kind in the country and a flagship programme for the University, attracting and producing some of our highest-calibre students, many of whom go on to a careers in politics. Students are trained not merely to absorb information but to engage, to debate, to influence and to lead. The aim is to develop a portfolio of skills and knowledge relevant to public life. The degree is taught by leading experts who are based in the same school, making it a fully integrated programme of study.

You can secure three months’ work experience in the House of Commons thanks to the largest integrated Westminster placement scheme in Britain, or spend three months studying at a university in Europe, the USA or Hong Kong, giving your studies an international context. The programme offers small-group tutorials and one-on-one supervision matched by only a tiny number of courses in the UK. You can also role-play international crises and go on trips to the heart of European politics in Brussels.

Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

The BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree is targeted at those at those aiming at leadership in public service. It's taken by students with a variety of professional career destinations in mind, including politics, finance, law and journalism.

Other career paths pursued by our graduates include teaching, lecturing, media production, publishing, the Civil Service, business and the charity sector. Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates.

The University also provides comprehensive help from its dedicated Careers Advice Centre. The centre offers competitive internships, mock interviews with fully trained advisers and CV workshops. All services remain open to graduates whenever they're required throughout your career.