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Undergraduate programmes

BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics

*NB this page contains only the information from the philosophy side of your programme. You should also consult the handbooks of the other departments to ensure you understand the requirements on that side of your programme.*

General information: modules, levels and credits

Each module has a ‘level’ and a number of credits. Generally speaking, Level 4 modules are taken in the first year, Level 5 modules in the second year, and Level 6 modules in the third year. However, there is the option to take additional credits at Level 5 in your final year, provided you satisfy the minimum required credits at Level 6. 

Year one

In their first year, students take 30 credits of compulsory Philosophy modules:

2017-18 entry onwards:

Pre-2017-18 entry:

Your remaining credits will be taken from the Department of Political Economy.

Year two

Students choose their preferred pathway:

Bipartite pathway

Bipartite: Philosophy & Politics OR Philosophy & Economics OR Politics & Economics.

Students take a minimum of 45 credits in each of your two chosen areas. For the full year you must take 120 credits. There is the opportunity to request to take up to 15 credits in total in departments outside your two chosen areas.

As a second year PPE student choosing a Bipartite pathway including Philosophy, you are required to choose one of the following practical philosophy modules:

You must then choose a minimum of 30 credits of Level 5 philosophy modules, including at least one module that does not appear in the list above.

Your remaining 15 credits can be chosen from Philosophy modules, or you may request to take a 15 credit module outside the Department of Philosophy, subject both to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

The offering of Philosophy Level 5 modules varies from year to year, but can be found on the Department website.

Tripartite pathway

Tripartite: Philosophy, Politics and Economics

As a second year PPE student choosing the Tripartite pathway, you are required to choose: 

  • 30 credits in Philosophy
  • 30 credits in Politics
  • 30 credits in Economics
  • 30 credits from any of the three departments (OR 15 credits from any of the three departments and 15 credits from an external department, subject to availability and approval)

As part of your 30 credits of Philosophy modules, you are required to choose at least one module from the following list: 

The offering of Philosophy Level 5 modules varies from year to year, but can be found on the Department website.

Year three

Bipartite pathway

Bipartite: Philosophy & Politics OR Philosophy & Economics OR Politics & Economics.

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits in each of their two chosen disciplines (60 credits total).

Students then select: either an additional 60 credits from across their two chosen disciplines, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from an external department subject to availability and approval); or an additional 30 credits from across their two chosen areas, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from an external department subject to availability and approval), plus the optional 30 credit dissertation.

The offering of Philosophy Level 6 modules varies from year to year, but can be found on the Department website.

Tripartite pathway

Tripartite: Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Students can select: either a total of 120 credits from across all three disciplines (with 15 credits minimum in each), from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from an external department subject to availability and approval); or 90 credits from across all three disciplines, from the relevant lists (15 credits can be from an external department subject to availability and approval), plus the optional 30 credit dissertation.

The offering of Philosophy Level 6 modules varies from year to year, but can be found on the Department website.

Choosing modules from other Departments

For either of the pathways, if you request to substitute 15 credits of Philosophy modules for an alternative module outside of the Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Economy, this will be subject both to availability and to approval by the Department Education Lead.

Programme specification

The full Programme specification and regulations for your year of entry can be found on the King's Quality, Management and Policy webpages (link).

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