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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


From 2014 entry, PPE is offered as an 'established' degree programme - see www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/politics/ppe/

Cabinet Meeting Downing StreetPolitics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) is a themed pathway of study filling most or all of your degree programme each year.

There are compulsory and optional modules in each of the three subject areas. The optional modules can also be used to take modules outside of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics departments in departments that offer related modules to the general theme of PPE or in something completely different (e.g. a language).

First year programme

There is a mixture of compulsory and optional modules in the first year:

  • Power and DemocracyPOL1019 (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Morality - PHL1013 (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Philosophical AnalysisPHL1006 (15 credits)
  • Economic Principles BEE1029 (30 credits)
  • Either
    • Basic Mathematical EconomicsBEE1020 (15 credits) (if A-Level Maths has not been taken)


    • Mathematics for EconomicsBEE1024 (15 credits) (if A-Level Maths has been taken)
  • 30 credits of option modules chosen in Politics, Philosophy or Economics or other area, with no more than an overall total of 60 credits in any one of those areas – according to availability and timetable constraints

to make a total of 120 credits for this year of study.