Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14.7 k / Year(s)  
127 place StudyQA ranking:6011 Duration:36 months

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Many of today's leading politicians and public figures studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. This programme offers you the chance to explore fundamental and far-reaching issues concerning human welfare and social justice, political ideals and economic realities.

To do so, it will provide students with knowledge and understanding of central theoretical and methodological issues in the study of philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as formal and informal techniques for evaluating ideas and the information or evidence which supports them.

The flexible curriculum will enable you to balance your choice of modules according to your own interests, while also ensuring that you graduate with skills essential to a successful career or further study.

Career opportunities

A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics equips you with the skills you need to enter a wide range of careers, including business, law, medicine, journalism, teaching, IT, the civil service, advertising, film and television, and finance.

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons) will be available for the first time from 2014. But evidence provided by related degree programmes confirm that the skills you will develop - in statistical analysis, logic and mathematics, critical thinking, reasoning and argumentation - are in high demand. The 2013 Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey found that 100% of our Philosophy and Economics BA graduates were in work or study six months after finishing their degree, with 100% of those in full-time employment occupying professional or managerial roles.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EEA:January; International (non-EU) : June Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14660 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Programme Structure

The programme is normally studied over three years full-time. However, it may also be taken on a part-time basis for a period of not less than four and not more than eight academic years. Study is undertaken at three levels (each corresponding to one year of full-time study, excluding study abroad).

The programme is divided into modules (courses devoted to specific topics). Single modules have a credit value of 15, while double modules have a credit value of 30. Full-time students take 120 credits at each level, 60 credits in each semester. Some modules are compulsory, though many are optional. If a module is core, it is compulsory and you must pass it in order to progress to the next level of the degree.

You must take at least 30 credits (equivalent to two single modules) in each of your subjects at each level, inclusive of any compulsory modules. So long as you take any compulsory modules, you make take the remaining credits in the subject area(s) of your choice or up to 15 credits per semester outside of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Typical course content

The modules on offer can vary from year to year but the following is a list of those which are typically available. Some modules have pre-requisites, i.e. require you to have taken certain other modules at an earlier stage. Information about the modules, including their pre-requisites, can be found on the relevant module pages.

Given the scope for module choice, the variety in teaching, learning, and assessment methods, and the support on offer, the programme is both flexible and inclusive. Any student who meets the entry requirements should be able to access the curriculum and demonstrate achievement of all the intended learning outcomes.


A Levels:

AAB to ABB, with B in AS Mathematicsor ABB, with B in AS Mathematics and A in Extended Project Qualification

A grade B in A level Physics can be substituted for grade B in AS level Mathematics


34 or 32 points overall, 17 or 16 at higher level including 6 in Standard Level Mathematics

Selection process:

UCAS application and some interviews.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Southampton.

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