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Why do political ideas, from Platos Republic to Rawls Law of Peoples, matter so much? Why is the state of the economy so important for the outcome of elections? How and why do governments try to regulate markets? What is globalisation and how does it impact our daily lives?
Our BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (including Year Abroad) can not only give you an insight into these questions and many more, but encourages you to reflect critically on fundamental theoretical and normative issues. You spend your third year abroad.
Economic and political events dominate domestic and international news and impact on our day-to-day lives, as well as shaping the future. On this course you explore all the major areas of philosophy, political science, and economics, including political theory and political behaviour, macro- and microeconomics, and major philosophical approaches.
Your first year combines a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of philosophy, politics and economics. In your second and final years, we offer, through a range of options, a varied menu of area-oriented specialisms in the subjects in order to ensure a solid knowledge in at least two sub-fields of politics, philosophy and economics. Thus you are able to concentrate on the areas in which you have developed a particular interest, for example globalisation, normative and political theory, or political economy.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
- GBP 11950 Year (Non-EEA)
The special characteristics of our course are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you have 90 credits of compulsory modules and 30 credits of optional modules. For BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Year Abroad) your optional modules can be chosen from across the faculty in first year and from within our Department of Government, Department of Economics, or Department of Philosophy in your second and final year. There is a great deal of choice for these optional modules due to the extensive range of modules offered by our departments.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
During your second year you will have 30 credits of compulsory modules and you will take a further 90 credits of optional modules. You spend your third year abroad. In your final year you will have complete choice where you will have 120 credits of optional modules.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our four-year course consists of 420 credits (120 credits in your first year, 60 credits in your third year abroad, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Introduction to Economics;
Introduction to Politics;
Introduction to Philosophy; and
one social science or humanities option
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics; and
three options from politics, economics and philosophy
Four options from politics, economics and philosophy
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A-levels: AAB-ABB
- GCSE Mathematics: C
- GCSE English: C
- IB: 33-32 points, including Standard Mathematics grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level (We consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis).
- Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 12 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above) or achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 6 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
- 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 Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at the University of Essex please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.