Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS

Course summary

Why study BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Goldsmiths This challenging and ground-breaking degree will help you understand how the economy is governed, how public policy gets made, and the ideas that shape our world.

  • We offer a distinctive, fresh and critical take on the well-established combination of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), drawing on our strengths in social science and theory. You'll gain an introduction in the ideas and concepts that have shaped the world you live in, and learn to challenge established political and economic policies, institutions and methods.
  • We offer a dynamic undergraduate culture, with active student media and politics groups. By the time you graduate, you will have gained a wealth of practical experience, and discovered what excites you for your career ahead.
  • You’ll be taught by highly engaged lecturers working across politics, philosophy and economics, all of whom are active researchers and accomplished writers in their fields.
  • The programme includes a basic introduction to economics, so you don’t need any prior experience of economics or an A-level in Mathematics before you start.
  • Over the three years, you’ll be introduced to alternative approaches to the economy, drawn from anthropology and sociology. You will be encouraged to think more broadly and imaginatively about the way in which markets, states and public policies operate in the 21st century.
  • You’ll focus on contemporary, real-world problems, such as financial and environmental regulation, which will prepare you for a career in public policy, NGOs, media, consulting or social innovation.
  • In addition to the taught curriculum, you will have the opportunity to hear from experts and policy-makers at special guest lectures.This challenging and ground-breaking degree introduces you to core ideas and issues in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE). It will help you understand how the economy is governed, how public policy gets made and the ideas which shape the world.


Year 1 All students take the following compulsory modules: Foundations of Economics 1: Theories Foundations of Economics 2: Business Applications Introduction to Philosophy: The Problems of Ethics Introduction to Political Philosophy UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics Identity, Agency & Environment 1 Identity, Agency & Environment 2 Year 2 You will study the following compulsory modules: Knowledge and Subjectivity Political Economy 1: Key concepts Political Economy 2: Policy problems Goldsmiths Elective You'll also be able to choose modules worth 60 credits from a list provided annually by the Department of Politics and International Relations. This may include modules from other departments across Goldsmiths. Work Placement module This optional module available in your third year gives students experience of working in a range of organisations in the NGO sector such as charities, think-tanks and pressure groups, bodies connected with international organisations, appropriate businesses, and political parties. Year 3 In your final year, you'll take the following compulsory modules which include an extended piece of research through a dissertation: Dissertation Global Cultural Politics You'll also undertake 60 credits worth of optional modules from a list published annually by the Department of International Relations. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

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Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS