Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45)

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Course summary

Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern societies are organised and governed. By studying them together you'll gain a combination of skills that’s in high demand across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Whilst PPE has been described as ‘the degree that runs Britain’, this combination is better viewed as the study of how countries are run, what motivates and constrains their rulers and residents, and how social order and prosperity are best understood and promoted. All three disciplines are presented in up-to-date form, covering alternative as well as ‘mainstream’ approaches and firmly rooted in the real world. Key features of the course

  • Understand the debates that dominate the daily news and look beyond the headlines
  • Learn skills and techniques to help you analyse, present and contribute to discussion
  • Explore how arguments and public policies are constructed in theory and tested in practice
  • Increase your employability across the private and public sectors
  • Enjoy synergies among three complementary disciplines while studying a full curriculum in each


This degree has three stages. At Stage 1 you can choose either a wide-ranging and topical introduction to the social sciences, or take a combination of modules that focus on economics and personal finance. You’ll complete the stage by exploring UK and international politics through questions of rights, legitimacy, national identity, conflict and protest. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in each of economics and philosophy. You’ll build on the foundations gained at Stage 1 to apply economic ideas, models and techniques to a range of contemporary issues. You’ll also begin a detailed exploration of philosophy, including the nature of the self, religion, ethics, the study of mind and political philosophy. At Stage 3, you’ll focus on two of the three PPE subjects, selected by what you’ve found most interesting or most relevant to your career path. Your choices at this stage can also form the basis for postgraduate study options, including our MA in Philosophy.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45) at Open University - UCAS