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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA/ BSc

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Overview

Our Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) BA/BSc is a high-quality, interdisciplinary course that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the political and economic institutions of the 21st century, both in the UK and globally. This course is taught jointly by the Department of Political Economy and the Department of Philosophy.

Key benefits

  • You will learn to think critically and independently about fundamental issues in philosophy, politics, and economics  and about the interaction between these disciplines.
  • The Department of Political Economy has an interdisciplinary ethos that cultivates a highly stimulating intellectual environment, which attracts leading scholars from all over the world.
  • Our Philosophy Department is one of the largest and most prominent departments at King's and currently ranked as one of the top three in the UK.
  • We offer a wide range of optional modules, covering many areas of philosophy, politics and economics and their interrelations.
  • This course enables you to develop an understanding of the relationship between political and economic processes, institutions and ideas, and the broader philosophical questions underlying public policy. 
  • In the 2018/19 National Student Survey the BA/BSc PPE Programme received an 88% student satisfaction rate 

Key information

UCAS code L0V0

Duration 3 Years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations TBC

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Philosophy Department of Political Economy

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Description

Our research-led curriculum encourages critical analysis and debate on contemporary international political and policy issues. Your first year will provide you with the foundations for the study of philosophy, politics and economics. If you wish to carry out independent research, you can opt to complete a 30-credit dissertation in your final year.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.

Location

The course benefits from a central location on the Strand Campus with all the facilities offered by the College readily available and the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden on its doorstep. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits. In your second and third year, 30 of these credits can be taken from another department outside of the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Economy. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up to date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
Required Modules
  • Political & Economic Philosophy (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Philosophy I (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Philosophy II (15 credits)
  • Comparing Political Systems (30 credits) 

  • Principles of Economics (30 credits)

  • Quantitative Methods (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in your first year but you can take an assessed 15 credit language module in addition to your 120 credits.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following module: 

  • Key Concepts in PPE 

Please note that for the BSc degree you are required to complete 45 credits in the following economics modules:

  • Microeconomics (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Econometrics (15 credits)

You can also take an assessed 15 credit language module in addition to your 120 credits.

Optional Modules

Philosophy Modules

The range of philosophy optional modules may typically include:

  • Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Morality and Convention (15 credits)
  • Women Thinkers in Antiquity & the Middle Ages (15 credits)
  • Kant's Moral Philosophy (15 credits)
  • The Philosophy of the Vienna Circle (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Science (15 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (15 credits)

 

Politics Modules 

The range of politics optional modules may typically include:

  • Elections and Political Communications in Modern Britain: Voters, Parties and Public Opinion (15 credits)
  • History of Political Thought (15 credits)
  • Political Change in Europe (15 credits)
  • Research Methods for Politics (15 credits)
  • The International Politics of Energy (15 credits)
  • Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits)
  • Post-Colonial Theory (15 credits)
  • Issues in International Politics (15 credits)
  • European Union: Power, Politics & Economics (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Political Theory (15 credits)
  • Statistics for Political Science II (15 credits)
  • British Politics (15 credits)

Economics Modules

The range of economics optional modules may typically include:

  • Econometrics (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Microeconomics (15 credits)
  • The Economics of the Public Sector (15 credits)
  • Mathematics for Economics (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Immigration (15 credits)

Studying Abroad:

As a second-year student you also have the option to study abroad with one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the year. Currently students can study abroad at the following institutions:

• Hong Kong University (HKKU)

• National University of Singapore (NUS)

• University of North Carolina (UNC)

Year 3

Required Modules
There are no required modules in your third year.
Optional Modules

 You will have the option of taking the following module:

  • Dissertation (30 credits)

Philosophy Modules

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley
  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
  • Epistemology II
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Topics in Applied Ethics and Politics
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Space and Time
  •  Metaphysics II

Politics Modules

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • Democracy and Its Critics (15 credits)
  • Comparative Political Theory (15 credits)
  • Culture, Identity & Justice (15 credits)
  • Liberalism (15 credits)
  • Global Power Europe (15 credits)
  • International Institutions & Global Governance (15 credits)
  • Authoritarianism (15 credits)
  • Political Sociology of Social Networks (15 credits)
  • The Politics of International Trade (15 credits)
  • Extremism and Populism (15 credits)
  • Advanced Texts in Political Theory (15 credits)

Economics Modules

The range of optional modules for year three may typically include:

  • The Economics of Crime (15 credits)
  • Topics in Development Economics (15 credits)
  • Topics in Economic Theory (15 credits)
  • International Trade (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Economic History (15 credits)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Analysis (15 credits)

 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

88% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent)

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A-Level A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

 Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U  D2 D3 D3

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*DD with fourteen Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades A*A or D*D with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A or D* with five modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.

Also required: GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers AAA in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Also required: Mathematics at Standard Credit Grade 1 or 2/ Intermediate 2/grade A National 5 (if not offered at Higher/Advanced Higher).

International Baccalaureate 35 points including 766 in three Higher Level subjects. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional Costs/Expenses

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. 

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Graduates from this course acquire a valuable set of diverse and highly transferable skills that equip them to flourish in a wide range of careers in policy development, consulting, finance, banking, international development, governmental roles or communications, amongst others.

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