University of Buckingham

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (two-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Top for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey and Complete University Guide)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

This degree combines the three important subjects of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. What makes it different to PPE offered in other universities is its integrated character, with a special focus on explaining how human behaviour shapes economic and political institutions.

In the Philosophy strand, you will take an Introduction to Philosophy module and study the Philosophy of Mind. In addition, there will be more specialised modules in political theory: Introduction to Political Theory; Freedom; Evolution and Human Cooperation. And students will receive a grounding in the Philosophy of Social Science. There is also an option to study Aesthetics.

The Politics element of the degree focuses on area and country studies, with a particular emphasis on political order and security challenges. Those challenges vary from region to region but typically take the form of political violence (war, terrorism and organised crime), mass migration and economic instability. Students are encouraged to approach these problems from a number of disciplinary perspectives. For example, the study of Latin America would consider historical, cultural and economic determinants of the region’s politics.

The Economics element of the PPE programme covers the core areas of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. But in addition, there is an emphasis on the interaction between Economics and Politics.

This is the 2-year format of the degree. For the 3-year format of the degree see BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics | 3 Years.

Course details

Modules

Comparative Politics: Iran and Russia (Level 4),
The European Union in the International System (Level 4),
Introduction to Philosophy (Level 4),
Introduction to Political Theory (Level 4),
Philosophy of Mind (Level 4),
Principles of Macroeconomics (Level 4),
Principles of Microeconomics (Level 4),
Quantitative Methods 1 (Level 4) (3 year programme only),
The Economics of Europe (Level 5),
Freedom (Level 5),
Government and Politics of the UK and US (Level 5),
London Philosophy Programme (Level 5),
London Politics Programme (Level 5),
Macroeconomic Policy (Level 5),
Macroeconomic Theory (Level 5),
Microeconomic Policy (Level 5),
Microeconomic Theory (Level 5),
Politics of Latin America (Level 5),
The Politics of the Middle East: Issues and Concepts (Level 5),
US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era (Level 5),
Welfare Economics (Level 5),
The Bipolar World 1945-1975 (Level 6),
Dissertation (Level 6) [15 units],
Economics of the Labour Market (Level 6),
Evolution and Human Cooperation (Level 6),
History of Economic Thought (Level 6),
Industrial Organisation and Strategy (Level 6),
International Economics (Level 6),
International Relations: Theories and Concepts (Level 6),
Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA Region (Level 6),
Jurisprudence (Level 6) (30 units – Summer and Autumn Terms),
Legal Economics 1 & 2 (Level 6),
Money, Banking and Financial Markets (Level 6),
The New International Society 1975-2005 (Level 6),
Philosophy of Social Science (Level 6),
Political Psychology (Level 6),
Public Sector Economics (Level 6),
Regulation and Privatisation (Level 6).

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

A range of activities is pursued within the tutorial groups depending upon the module. Some modules emphasise problem solving as a means of reinforcing and cementing the important ideas – for example the module in Microeconomic Theory. Occasionally we use game playing to encourage discussion and understanding – for example when competing groups of students try to control a computer model of the economy in Principles of Macroeconomics. Other modules place greater emphasis on writing short and accurate technical pieces (Welfare Economics) or longer more discursive papers.The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.


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 code V500
Institution code B90
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Voted top for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey since 2006, we provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - BCC Typical Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM from relevant National Diploma
Scottish Higher ABBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB

Applications to Buckingham are individually considered by the Admissions Team and other factors may be taken in to account. Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcome to apply, including if you have a mix of BTEC and A levels.

An EPQ will be considered alongside A levels.

Foundation options are also available. Please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or +44 (0)1280 820313) for more information.

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). IELTS requirements are as follows: (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £34,800 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: The University of Buckingham is an alternative provider because we do not receive annual funding through the UK funding councils. Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £6,165 (September 2017) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

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