University of Winchester

Philosophy, Politics and Economics University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate


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Understanding our world with its financial crises, interminable wars, ecological catastrophes and cultural clashes may seem almost impossible. A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Winchester gives you a strong start for not only understanding that world, but for stepping into it and enacting positive change. The particular concoction of disciplines that is Philosophy, Politics and Economics was first developed in Oxford in the 1920s in order to give future politicians and civil servants the range of skills they would need to govern modern Britain. Since then, those skills have proven themselves ideal for anyone who needs to engage with the modern state, from journalists and business leaders to those working for international Non-Governmental Organisations. Studying PPE gives you the chance to understand the development of the modern world, to discover how we can practically engage with the problems of today, and to reflect on the challenges of the future. The backbone of the programme is a three-year chronological sweep of Western philosophy, across which you trace the development of concepts such as democracy, freedom and responsibility from the Ancient Greek polis to the modern nation-state. We critically address the central notions that have developed in this tradition, such as the metaphysical doctrines of freedom, idealism and the existence of God; the political ideas of liberalism, democracy and property; and the economic notions of growth, laissez-faire capitalism and Marxism. Building on this philosophical backbone, a wide range of political and economic modules allow you to focus on the contemporary national and international situation. You have the chance to debate contentious political issues and to test the limits of established models and orthodoxies, all on an exciting course explicitly oriented towards how future global challenges demand that we learn to think differently. The programme includes the opportunity for real-world work placements in politics, field visits and face-to-face engagement with figures from the heights of British politics.

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As the backbone of the course, students study the unfolding of Western thought and the way our philosophical, political and economic concepts have developed from Ancient Greece to today. We critically address the central notions that have developed in this tradition, such as the metaphysical doctrines of freedom, idealism and the existence of God; the political ideas of liberalism, democracy and property; or the economic notions of growth, laissez-faire capitalism and Marxism. Students are encouraged to think about whether existing models and ways of thought are adequate to the crises we are facing, whether they be economic, environmental or ethical. A wide range of optional modules on philosophy, politics, economics and contemporary society allows students to customise their course to study key topics that interest them, from diplomatic studies or the so-called War on Terror to religion and peacebuilding or alternative new models of post-Crash economics.

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Application deadlines

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15 January

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Course code L0V0
Institution code W76
Campus name Main Site
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 in English Language is required.
Access to HE Diploma We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications).

If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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