Policy, Politics and Economics

University of Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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The Policy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degree at Birmingham is an innovative, interdisciplinary programme. PPE at Birmingham brings together the study of Social Policy, Politics and Economics to examine and evaluate the arguments, ideas and evidence associated with some of the most pressing global issues. The programme gives equal weight to all three disciplines for the duration of the course, while at the same time allowing you to tailor your degree to your strengths and interests. It will enable you to develop the skills necessary for a wide range of careers across the private, public and third sectors.

  • The combination of Social Policy, Politics and Economics is unique to Birmingham, allowing for a more applied, ‘real-world’ academic experience.
  • We offer a specially designed, interdisciplinary module in the second year and the option to study abroad in the third year.
  • There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year via the ‘Professional Development’ module.

Course details


Please visit the course page on our website for a full list of modules and descriptions.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeL990
Institution code B32
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Required subjects and grades: GCSE Maths Grade B General Studies: Accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all accepted but subjects are considered on a case by case basis - contact us for further guidance.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall to include English. Standard English language requirements apply.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in place of a non-required A level with the equivalent grade.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Accepted in place of A levels with the following grade equivalencies: D2 = A*; D3 = A; M2 = B. Combinations of A levels and Principle subjects are accepted. NB required subjects must be offered (see A level Section)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For details of the annual tuition fee for International Students please see https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/students/finance/fees.aspx If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be quoted on your offer letter.
Policy, Politics and Economics at University of Birmingham - UCAS