The Policy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degree at Birmingham is an innovative, interdisciplinary programme.
PPE at Birmingham brings together the study of Social Policy, Politics and Economics to examine and evaluate the arguments, ideas and evidence associated with some of the most pressing global issues. The programme gives equal weight to all three disciplines for the duration of the course, while at the same time allowing you to tailor your degree to your strengths and interests.
It will enable you to develop the skills necessary for a wide range of careers across the private, public and third sectors.
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- The combination of Social Policy, Politics and Economics is unique to Birmingham, allowing for a more applied, ‘real-world’ academic experience.
- We offer a specially designed, interdisciplinary module in the second year and the option to study abroad in the third year.
- There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year via the ‘Professional Development’ module.
Be part of a vibrant community of world‐leading academics who will challenge you to think independently and support you to reach your potential.
Our research-informed approach to teaching ensures you will graduate with the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the global workplace. You will study in one of the most attractive and heritage-rich campuses in the country only a few minutes from the centre of Birmingham.
On the PPE course you will undertake core introductory modules in all three of the social science disciplines - Social Policy, Politics and Economics - to establish a solid foundation in the three subjects before building on these in the second and third years. Example modules include 'Introduction to Social Policy, 'Understanding Politics' and 'Principles of Economics'.
A core module which is at the heart of the Policy, Politics and Economics programme in the second year is 'Global Issues'. This interdisciplinary module will enable you to consider a range of important global issues and the responses to them at international, regional and local levels. Indicative examples include risk and terror, ethics in policy and practice, climate change and technology. Alongside this, you will take one module from Social Policy, one from Politics and one from Economics. You can also begin to tailor your degree to your developing interests, choosing from more than fifteen optional modules, including 'China and the World Economy', ‘International Political Economy’, ‘Comparative Social Policy’ and ‘Environmental Economics’.
The central component of your third year of study on the PPE course is the dissertation, where you will undertake a 10,000 word research-based project on a contemporary theme. You will also choose from a substantial range of optional modules whilst meeting the requirements to undertake at least one module from each discipline. The choice includes modules such as ‘Harmful Societies’, 'Gender in World Politics', 'Money and Your Life' and ‘Behavioural and Experimental Economics’.
Please be reassured that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus and study abroad programmes. Visit our EU Referendum information page for more information.