BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

UCAS codeL0V0
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
Discipline
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Economics
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)

Overview

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics offers the chance to study an interdisciplinary programme across three outstanding and distinctive disciplines.

You'll have the opportunity to explore some of the major questions facing human society including war and peace, democracy, resource scarcity and distribution, the natural environment, faith and reason. 

Modules will address the philosophical, political and economic foundations of order and justice and interrogate the meaning and practice of the market economy on a global scale.  You will also learn how government is constituted, how being and truth are deliberated and how goods, services and peoples are economically organised. 

As part of this degree you may choose to take part in the Exeter Politics Internship programme which provides valuable work experience in the world of politics, for example in a constituency office or at Westminster.

Programme variations

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can also take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

Your core modules will provide you with an introduction to all three disciplines and will specifically explore issues relating to power and democracy, the philosophy of morality, philosophical analysis and economic principles. You’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules in each discipline.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
POL1019Power and Democracy 15
PHL1013Philosophy of Morality 15
PHL1006Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15
BEE1029Economic Principles 30
BEE1020Basic Mathematical Economics (If A Level Maths has not been taken)15
BEE1024Mathematics for Economists (If A Level Maths has been taken)15

Optional modules

Plus 30 credits of option modules chosen in PoliticsPhilosophy or Economics or another subject.

Year 2

You’ll explore how your three disciplines overlap in fields such as political philosophy (eg, considering topics such as liberty, justice, rights and citizenship), economic policy and the economics of politics. You’ll compare political systems and reflect on the nature of society, considering philosophical questions relating to inequality and power. You’ll also have a wide choice of optional modules enabling you to tailor your degree to your own interests.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
POL2062Comparative Politics: Approaches and Concepts 15
POL2059Political Thought of Modernity OR The Economics of Politics 15
POL2046The Economics of Politics or Political Thought of Modernity15
BEE2024Economic Principles and Policy 30

Optional modules

Plus at least 45 credits of option modules chosen in Politics, Philosophy or Economics or another subject.

Year 3

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree.

Compulsory modules

You may choose one of the dissertation options below.

CodeModuleCredits
POL3040Politics Dissertation 30
PHL3040Philosophy Dissertation 30
BUS3001Economics Dissertation 30

Optional modules

You can choose modules from Politics, Philosophy or Economics. Optional modules may cover topics such as business and politics, human rights, the political economy of globalisation, or money, ethics and power.

Entry requirements 2015

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCSE Maths grade A

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Your teaching will include lectures, tutorials and seminars, with a growing emphasis at each successive level on student-led learning. You’ll have on average between one and three teaching hours per module per week and will need to allow for additional hours of private study. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.

In the first two years, we place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups (15-20 students), which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the third year there are fewer formal lectures and much of your learning is through seminars in which the student presents a report to the group followed by class discussion.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increased use of interactive, computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.

Teaching that is inspired by research ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach final year options which are linked to their own interests.

Assessment

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification.

Assessment includes formal exams and assessed coursework, including essays and projects as well as practical assignments.We also use career-relevant assessments including portfolios, reports, video, online communications and presentations. You may also complete a dissertation and/or project work, including a work placement project.

Teaching is at the heart of university life and is something that I throw myself into with relish. I teach public policy and administration focused modules across all undergraduate years and was delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Lecturer Award in Exeter’s the Students’ Guild Teaching Awards 2010. My teaching is led both by my academic research and by my own experience of working in government. Real world policy dilemmas are used to explore how decision-makers experience and engage in politics bringing otherwise abstract theories to life. For example, the assessment in my second year course on policy analysis casts students in the role of policy advisers. By writing about a policy problem of their choice, and researching the various possible decisions that decision-makers in government could make, students change from being analysts who are one-step removed from the political process to policymakers who must win attention for their issue and design a policy response that is politically, economically and ethically credible. I use my experience from working in the civil service, and my own research on policy advice, to teach the analytical methods and research skills essential for ‘speaking truth to power’ (and knowing how to respond when power speaks back!).

Dr Claire Dunlop, Senior Lecturer in Politics.

Careers

Your brilliant career

Find out how we can help you build your brilliant career.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics is well regarded as good preparation for careers in business, finance, journalism and politics. The current Prime Minister and many past PMs have been PPE graduates.

This degree will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research and organising and communicating information.

As part of this degree you may choose to take part in the Exeter Politics Internship programme which provides valuable work experience in the world of politics, for example in a constituency office or at Westminster.

Developing your skills and career prospects

We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events, or seek bespoke advice and support from the Employability Officer based in your College.

The University of Exeter's Employability and Graduate Development Service also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.

Exeter Politics Internship Programme

The Exeter Politics Internship Programme provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience during the summer vacation of the second year. By bridging academic study with an in-depth personal experience of working in the political world, you will develop a set of skills that will demonstrate to future employers your readiness to work and your awareness of working cultures and environments.

Internships are mostly based in Westminster working with an MP, although they can also be in an MP’s constituency office. They take place over the summer for 8-12 weeks or shorter placements may also be arranged over Christmas and Easter vacations. 

You may also have the option to undertake a work placement through the Learning from Work Experience in Social Sciences module or Introduction to Teaching Practice module.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Email: ssis-ugadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Email: cornwall@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the Politics and International Relations website