BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Winchester asks the big questions about humanity, the world, our history and contemporary society. It equips students with the skills and understanding to play a part in shaping where our society is going.

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L0V0

Entry requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.
Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)
UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938.

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

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Additional costs:


  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however, students will be strongly encouraged in some modules to purchase a copy of a key work that the module focuses on. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost approximately £100 per academic year. 
  • Study abroad: Students have the option to study a semester abroad in the USA in their second year of study. For more information about Study Abroad please click here

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Work placement/experience:

Students gain real-world political experience as part of the course, either through a work placement or through observing and reflecting on a political process.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


A focus on values and beliefs encourages students to think through the specific needs of individuals and communities within local, national and international societies.

Student Satisfaction:

This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Understanding our world with its financial crises, interminable wars, ecological catastrophes and cultural clashes may seem almost impossible. A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Winchester gives you the strongest possible start for not only understanding that world, but for stepping into it and enacting positive change.

The particular concoction of disciplines that is Philosophy, Politics and Economics was first developed in Oxford in the 1920s in order to give future politicians and civil servants the range of skills they would need to govern modern Britain. Since then, those skills have proven themselves ideal for anyone who needs to engage with the modern state, from journalists and business-leaders to those working for international NGOs.

Studying PPE gives students the chance to understand the development of the modern world, to discover how we can practically engage with the problems of today, and to reflect on the challenges of the future. The backbone of the programme is a three-year chronological sweep of Western philosophy, across which students trace the development of concepts such as democracy, freedom and responsibility from the Ancient Greek polis to the modern nation-state. We critically address the central notions that have developed in this tradition, such as the metaphysical doctrines of freedom, idealism and the existence of God; the political ideas of liberalism, democracy and property; and the economic notions of growth, laissez-faire capitalism and Marxism. 

Building on this philosophical backbone, a wide range of political and economic modules allow students to focus on the contemporary national and international situation. Students have the chance to debate contentious political issues and to test the limits of established models and orthodoxies, all on an exciting course explicitly oriented towards how future global challenges demand that we learn to think differently.

The programme includes the opportunity for real-world work placements in politics, field visits and face-to-face engagement with figures from the heights of British politics.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Classical and Early Modern Philosophy
  • Introduction to Global Politics and Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Micro- and Macro-economics and Global Political Economy
  • Introduction to Ethics and Values in the Modern World

Year 2

  • Work Placement
  • Kant and the Copernican Revolution
  • Hegel, Marx and Dialectical Thought
  • Power: Theories and Applications
  • Economic Theory

Students choose a further three modules from a range of options that may include:

  • International Law
  • Global Governance
  • The War on Terror, the Axis of Evil and Beyond
  • Security Studies
  • International Trade: Theory and Practice
  • Methods of Econometrics
  • Atheism and its Critics
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • Church and Politics
  • Religion, Ethics and War
  • Religion, Conflict and Peace Building

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Phenomenology, Existentialism and Identity
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • The Politics and Ethics of the Post-Crash Economy
  • Debates in Globalisation

Students choose a further two modules from a range of options that may include:

  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Alternative Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Political Islam
  • Politics, Energy and the Environment
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism
  • Global South: Politics, Security and (In) Equality
  • Global Development
  • Geographies of Inequality
  • Representing the Environment
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • The Church and Politics
  • Shocks and Fragments: Perspectives on Walter Benjamin
  • Volunteering for PPE

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Philosophy, Politics and Economics staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Teaching in Philosophy, Politics and Economics is highly student-centred and interactive. Through the course, tutors help and encourage students to develop skills of independent learning and research, critical judgment and confidently communicating ideas and conclusions to others. Most modules have weekly lecture sessions, which may include group work, class discussion, debate and the use of print and electronic resources as well as input from the lecturer. Students are often in relatively small classes, allowing a high level of interaction and debate.

Individual support is given through one-to-one or small group tutorials. We use a varied pattern of assessments, including essays, exams, project work and individual and group presentations. This variety of assessments ensures that all students have the chance to play to their particular strengths, and develops a range of useful employment skills. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

Students are taught by a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff, including internationally renowned scholars whose teaching is informed by their cutting-edge research. The expertise and interests of some core members of the wide PPE teaching team include the following:

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics gives students a range of specialist skills for working in the political field. These skills can open up opportunities to work in local and national government and in European and global politics. Furthermore, institutions that need to interact with local, national and international government find the knowledge of PPE graduates invaluable, allowing for careers paths ranging from journalism or business to working for international NGOs or think-tanks. Students also learn a wide range of transferable skills that employers value highly. These include critical thinking, gathering and analysing evidence, communication and IT skills, cultural awareness, collaboration and teamwork.

We build preparation for employment into the course in various ways, including the real-world experience offered in the Work Placement or Observation Module and the optional Volunteering module. Students are well equipped to move into teaching, with increasing numbers of students taking philosophy, politics and economics subjects in secondary schools.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Students

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