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.
Modules in first year
The modules in the first year are designed to provide you with a grounding in all three disciplines of Social Policy, Politics and Economics.
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Understanding Politics
- Principles of Economics
- Social Research Part I (PPE)
- Social Research Part 2 (PPE)
Choose one of the following modules:
- Introduction to Mathematics for Economics or
- Mathematics for Economics (for students with A-Level Maths at A/A*)
- Understanding International Relations
- Introduction to Political Theory
Modules in second year
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. 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 the optional modules.
- Global Issues: Perspectives from Policy, Politics and Economics
- Social Research II
- Comparative Politics
You must also take one of these following modules:
- Microeconomics or
You must choose a further 40 credits from any of the three disciplines:
- Policy Analysis
- Poverty, Class and Inequality
- Terror, Threat and Security
- Macroeconomics (if not already taken as compulsory subject)
- Microeconomics (if not already taken as compulsory subject)
- Development Economics
- Environmental Economics
- China and the World Economy
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- International Political Economy
- International Security
- Feminist Political Ideas
- History of Political Ideas
Modules in third year
The central component of your third year of study on the PPE course is the dissertation, where you will undertake 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.
You should select 20 credits from each discipline and 20 credits from across the range of optional modules.
- Harmful Societies: crime, social harm and social justice
- Quantitative Data Analysis
- History of Economic Thought
- Health Economics
- Economics of the EU
- Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Advanced Behavioural and Experimental Economics
- Advanced Financial Markets and Institutions (Pre-requisite Financial Markets and Institutions)
- International Trade Theory and Policy
- Monetary Policy and Dynamic Macroeconomics
- Public Economics
- Contemporary International Political Economy
- Gender in World Politics
- Law, Politics & the International System
- Media, Politics and Public Opinion
- Topics in British Politics
- Professional Development
Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.