The BSc aims to provide breadth and depth in understanding social and political phenomena and the principles informing, and consequences following, policy choices. Teaching across UCL’s highly regarded Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics combines an education in social sciences and philosophy with a comprehensive grounding in methods.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 30 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 40 (2017 entry)*
- A* in Mathematics required for students wishing to specialise in Economics and Politics.
- English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C, or grade A for students wishing to specialise in Philosophy and Politics. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics for students wishing to specialise in Economics and Politics, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Prinicipal Subjects, including A* in Mathematics for students wishing to specialise in Politics and Economics.
A1,A,A-A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), with A1 in Mathematics for students wishing to specialise in Politics and Economics.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA. To include Mathematics A* for students wishing to specialise in Economics and Politics.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Enjoy a learning environment created by UCL's internationally recognised research Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics.
- Acquire applied and policy knowledge with UCL's PPE programme, housed in UCL Political Science - home of our Policy and Practice Seminar series with its eminent list of speakers.
- Gain the skills needed to provide evidence for policy problems and prepare for research and work inside and outside academia. Study a breadth of methods or choose the Quantitative Methods stream.
- Take a degree inspired by UCL's founding tradition in political economy and its historic Bloomsbury location.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Political Science.
- 89% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In year one students take modules introducing the three disciplines and the principles of social and political analysis.
In years two and three students choose modules in two disciplines (politics and philosophy or politics and economics) and in methods.
Year three includes a dissertation or independent research and brings the three disciplines back together in a multidisciplinary capstone course on policy problems.
A sustained policy and methods focus distinguishes the UCL PPE and for students wishing to specialise there is a separate Quantitative Methods (QM) stream, provided by the UCL Q-Step Centre.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Introduction to Political Science (1.0 credit)
Economics (1.0 credit)
Introduction to Logic I (0.5 credit)
History of Philosophy II (0.5 credits)
Principles of Social Science Research (0.5 credits)
Modern Classics in Political Analysis (0.5 credits)
Students entering the Economics and Politics concentration in year two will take Introduction to Mathematics for Economists I (instead of Principles of Social Science Research)
Students entering the QM stream will take Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (instead of Modern Classics in Political Analysis).
There are no optional modules in year one.
Economics and Politics concentration :
Public Policy (0.5 credits)
Microeconomics (1.0 credit)
Macroeconomics (1.0 credit)
Philosophy and Politics concentration:
Public Policy (0.5 credits)
Additionally it is compulsory for students in the Quantitative Methods stream to take Data Analysis (1.0 credit).
1.0 credit from Political Science modules (students in the Quantitative Methods stream who are also in the Economics and Politics concentration will take only 0.5 credits from Political Science modules)
1.5 credits from second-year Philosophy modules (excepting students in the Economics and Politics concentration)
1.0 credit from Research Methods modules (excepting students in the Quantitative Methods stream). Students from the Economics and Politics concentration take only 0.5 credits Research Methods.
Multi-disciplinary Capstone Policy (0.5 credits)
Dissertation/Independent Research Module (0.5 credits)
Additionally it is compulsory for students in the Quantitative Methods stream to take Advanced Topics in Data Analysis (0.5 credits) and Causal Analysis (0.5 credits).
1.0 credit of Political Science modules
1.0 credit from the optional modules offered by Philosophy or Economics
Mixed Methods stream students will take an additional 0.5 credit methods module and an additional 0.5 credit option from either discipline in their chosen concentration.
Teaching is based on lectures and seminars across the three participating departments. Normally lectures are accompanied by small-group seminars or tutorials that allow for an in-depth and participatory approach to the topic.
Assessment includes essays, examinations and an independent research project or dissertation. Graded coursework and comments prepare the students for the dissertation and independent research projects.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc.
The Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree exposes students to the modes of reasoning, types of evidence, and methods used by the three disciplines, a concentration in two disciplines, and case examples of the contributions of a multidisciplinary approach to complex problems.
The degree combines an education in social sciences and philosophy with a sustained treatment of the methods of social and normative inquiry. Drawing on multiple lines of inquiry, the degree prepares students for the contemporary and increasing likelihood of a multi-career working life.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc is the gold standard of multidisciplinary degrees for those seeking careers in the public sector, the media and the policy community.
The first cohort of students admitted to the Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc are due to graduate in 2018. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is not yet available.
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,130 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
We expect entry to be highly competitive. Your academic qualifications, as well as other evidence of a serious commitment to the study of social and political phenomena and an interest in public policy will be assessed.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students