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Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45) Open University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The Open University


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Course summary

Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern societies are organised and governed, and studying them together gives you a combination of skills that’s in high demand across the private, public and non-profit sectors. While the original PPE has been described as ‘the degree that runs Britain’, this combination is better viewed as the study of how this and other 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

  • Registration is expected to open in March 2020 for courses starting from October 2020.

Course details


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will introduce you to the social sciences and politics. Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in each of economics and philosophy. Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll focus on any two of the three PPE subjects.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £18,072 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6,048 Whole course
Scotland £6,048 Whole course
Wales £6,048 Whole course

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