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New BA and BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Posted on 03/11/2011

The Department and College are pleased to announce a new undergraduate PPE programme to begin in September 2012. This exciting new course will provide students with the opportunity to study three disciplines that are crucial for an understanding of the complex dynamics of today’s world. Students will study a common foundation in the first year, and an advanced seminar and dissertation unit in their final year that develops links across the three disciplines – a distinctive feature of the course. Students have great flexibility to vary their degrees in the second and third years in such a way as to graduate with one of three awards: BSc Politics, Philosophy and Economics; BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics; and BA Politics and Philosophy with Economics.

The programme is currently proceeding through validation but is now on the UCAS website under the course code L0V0.

Subject to validation, the detailed structure of the programme is as follows:

Year One:
Students must take:

EC1101 Principles of Economics (1 unit)

EC1102: Quantiative Methods of Economics (1 unit)

PR1400: Introduction to Politics and Government (1 unit)

PY1001: Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (1 unit)

Year Two:
Students must choose AT LEAST ONE, and NO MORE THAN TWO units from available courses in each discipline of politics, philosophy and economics, for a total of four course units for the year.

Students MUST take

PY2001 Introduction to European Philosophy 1: From Kant to Hegel (0.5 units)

PY2002 Mind and World (0.5 units)

as part of their second year philosophy programme.

Economics courses are limited to:

EC2201 Microeconomics (1 unit)

EC2202 Macroeconomics (1 unit)

Year Three:
Students must take:

PPE3000: Advanced Seminar and Dissertation in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (1 unit)

and a further three units of courses from available options in politics, philosophy and economics. Students may concentrate their choices on courses from one of the disciplines, but must choose courses of at least one half-unit from at least two subjects. They may also divide their choices among all three subjects, provided that these choices do not prevent them from passing the minimum number of courses in each discipline (detailed in Progression and Award Requirements below) required to complete the degree. Choices in Economics are subject to the following conditions:

1) Students can take third year Economics courses ONLY if they have taken and passed both EC2201 and EC2202 in year 2.

2) Students who have taken only EC2201 or EC2202 in year 2 may only take the other course in year 3.

Depending on course selections and achievement, students who meet the minimum College requirements for award of degree will be eligible to exit with one of the following degree titles.

1) Students who pass at least two units worth of dedicated third year Economics courses will graduate with a BSc Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

2) Students who pass dedicated third year Economics courses of at least 0.5 units but less than two units will graduate with a BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

3) Students who do not pass any third year Economics courses will graduate with a BA Politics and Philosophy with Economics.

Typical Offers for the BA/BSc PPE will be:

UCAS Tariff: 340 p inc AS Maths B or 360 inc GCSE Maths A
A-level: AAB inc Maths AS B or AAA inc GCSE Maths A.
International Baccalaureate: 35 p inc 5 in SL Maths.


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