Philosophy, Politics and Economics (3 year)

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Course Overview

Join us to study moral and political philosophy, ethics, justice and society, British politics and public policy, political economy, globalization, micro-economics, macro-economics, environmental and resource economics, econometrics and European economic migration.
PPE reflects on power and influence and brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world around us.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities 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.    

Key Features

  • Ranked 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)
  • You will study in one of the select Departments in the UK to offer the British Parliamentary Studies modules where you will be taught by our specialist academic staff and members of parliament. You will also visit the House of Commons in London
  • You will have the competitive option of undertaking an internship module with the National Assembly for Wales working closely with assembly ministers
  • You will have a wide variety of modules including philosophy, politics, economics, American studies and war studies
  • You will have the option of a semester abroad in the Hong Kong, Singapore or the USA during the second year of study to enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • Guest Speakers will offer workshops and seminars as part of our programme
  • 91% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Our Graduates are truly international and are employed all around the world. They have careers in government and politics, humanitarian organisation, business, media and public relations, law and public services
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HUP100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
HUP101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
MN-1011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 1
MN-1012Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Statistics 1 for Economics
MN-1512Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 1
PO-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices  

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select exactly one module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-1018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths 1 for Economics A
MN-1019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths 1 for Economics B

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 85 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to Trump
AM-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to the Tea Party
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
MN-2023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic History and Industrial Development
MN-2029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Environmental and Resource Economics
MN-2057Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 1
MN-2527Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 2
MN-2529Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15European Economic Integration
MN-2530Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic Policy
MN-2544Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic Development
PO-2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
Optional Modules
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you select PO-396 YOU MUST ALSO select PO-397

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
MN-3027Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Mathematical Economics
MN-3028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 2Only if Econometrics 1 and 2 were studied in year 2
MN-3031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Labour Economics
MN-3042Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Global Shift: Globalization and Transnational Corporations
MN-3048Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Advanced Economic Analysis
MN-3531Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public Choice
MN-3532Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Econometrics 3Requires MN-3031 Labour Economics 1
MN-3533Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economies of the Middle and Far East
MN-3567Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Economics and Trade
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2


PPE is a Single Honours degree focusing on the longstanding interactions and inter-relationships between philosophical, political and economic thought. Our PPE programme offers a uniquely coherent, integrated, interdisciplinary and contemporary examination and critique of the traditions of thought, which inform Western (but also beyond) philosophy, politics and economics. You will study a solid foundation in the three subjects and a strong focus on their crucial intersections. We strongly believe that grasping these intersections is key to build you a better understanding of our complex world.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,050

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs.

Student Quotes

"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 more complete understanding of issues in a unique way, which often leads PPE students to fresh and innovative opinions. The lecturers are genuinely passionate about their subject and are always happy to talk and help with any issues. The programme provides a great selection of modules to allow you to tailor it to your particular interests, if you are willing work hard then PPE has a lot to offer, and Swansea is a great place to study it. The National Assembly internship option is unique to Swansea and absolutely priceless for any student considering a career in politics. The setting is fantastic with the stunning beach; unparalleled social life and the Gower just round the corner. I would recommend Swansea to anyone and PPE to anyone with a real interest in the interactivity of nations, power, people and resources.

 Joe Wilson, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics



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