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Studying a Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree allows you to explore global power and influence, bringing together the critical methods of understanding the social and human world we inhabit. You will develop a broad perspective encompassing moral and political philosophy, ethics, justice and society, British politics and public policy, political economy and globalisation, as well as econometrics and European economic migration.
Teaching is delivered by specialist academics and members of parliament, while the competitive option of an internship at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff may see you working closely with assembly ministers.
This intellectually demanding three-year degree helps to provide graduates with a wealth of inspiring career opportunities thanks to numerous transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.
Politics at Swansea is ranked in the Top-10 for teaching experience (Times and Sunday Times 2018) Top-20 in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Top-20 for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018). Some 91% of graduates from this subject area are employed or in further study 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2015) and 74% of our students achieved a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in 2017/18.
Your early studies will concentrate on fundamental questions of philosophy, micro-economics, and politics and the people. As one of a select few UK universities, Swansea also offers prestigious modules in British Parliamentary Studies, which includes a visit to the House of Commons in London.
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, you will have the ability to tailor your degree according to your specific interests as you progress.
The second year gives you a chance to study abroad for a semester in the USA, Hong Kong or Singapore, enriching the student experience and boosting your career prospects. Later studies are shaped by modules around your specific interests, and a substantial dissertation project. A number of work placement programmes are available to help you prepare for graduate life.
Students typically develop oral and writing skills through presenting ideas in different formats, supported by strong research and rigorous analysis. Assessment is conducted through essays, coursework, examination, presentations and a dissertation.
Teaching is informed by a vibrant and supportive research environment that unites academics, postgraduates and visiting scholars around shared subject matter and international impact.
"Studying PPE at Swansea has been an amazing experience. The subject matter is diverse and interesting and whilst the workload can be heavy at times, the different perspective each subject teaches is invaluable. The three subjects interact and combine to give a deeper and more complete understanding of issues. The National Assembly internship option is unique to Swansea and absolutely priceless for any student considering a career in politics.” – Joe Wilson.
Graduates have advanced to careers in sectors such as education, politics, media and humanitarian services. Employers have included the Labour Party, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Westminster Forum Projects.
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You will study six modules each year to include compulsory and optional modules. Module selection options may change.
This degree programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities degree programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work.
We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If you are an international applicant please visit our international pages for more information and details on how to apply: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 21 credits
M: 24 credits
|Access to Humanities Course|
We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success.
If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one
grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSEs: English/Welsh Language Grade C|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||B + BB at A-Level|
Fees and funding
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