UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


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Ms Helen Elliot

Admissions Administrator

Ms Genavive Sarkis

Email: spp.pg@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4950

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Subject area:

Political Science

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

Department website:

Political Science

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc

UCAS code: 4V86

This new programme 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 world-leading departments of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science combines an education in social sciences and philosophy with a comprehensive grounding in methods.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects A* in Mathematics required for students wishing to specialise in Economics and Politics.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

IB Diploma

Points 38-39
Subjects 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.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • 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, housed in the School of Public Policy and home of our policy and practice seminar series with its eminent list of speakers.
  • Gain a wider set of methods skills or choose the Quantitative Methods stream, to provide evidence for policy problems and prepare for research and work inside and outside academia.
  • Take a degree inspired by UCL’s founding tradition in political economy and its historic Bloomsbury location.

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 courses 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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Your learning

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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Political Science (1.0 credit)
Economics (1.0 credit)
Principles of Social and Political Analysis I (0.5 credit)
Principles of Social and Political Analysis II (0.5 credit)

Students entering the Economics and Politics stream in year two will take Introduction to Mathematics for Economists I (instead of Principles of Social and Political Analysis I)

Students entering the QM stream will take Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (instead of Principles of Social and Political Analysis II)

At the end of the first year, students may transfer to the existing Philosophy and Economics BA if they meet the entry requirements.

Optional courses

Students take 0.5 credits from each of the groups below:

Term One
History of Philosophy I (0.5 credit)
Knowledge and Reality (0.5 credit)
Introduction to Logic I (0.5 credit)
Introduction to Political Philosophy (0.5 credit)

Term Two
Introduction to Moral Philosophy (0.5 credit)
Introduction to Logic II (0.5 credit)
History of Philosophy II (0.5 credit)

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Economics and Politics stream :

Microeconomics (1.0 credits)
Macroeconomics (1.0 credits)

Quantitative Methods stream:

Data Analysis (1.0 credits)

Philosophy and Politics stream:

All second-year courses are optional.

Optional courses

1.5 credits from Political Science courses (students in the Quantitative Methods stream who are also in the Economics and Politics stream will take only 1.0 credits in Political Science courses)

1.5 credits from second-year Philosophy courses (excepting students in the Economics and Politics stream)

1.0 credits from Research Methods courses (excepting students in the Quantitative Methods stream). Students from the Economics and Politics stream take only 0.5 credits Research Methods.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Multi-disciplinary Capstone Policy (0.5 credits)
Dissertation/Independent Research Module (0.5 credits)

Students in the QM stream will take additionally Quantitative Analysis (1.0 credits)

Optional courses

1.0 credits of Political Science modules, for example:
International Security (0.5 credits)
International Political Economy (0.5 credits)
Politics of the European Union (0.5 credits)
Human Rights and World Politics (0.5 credits)

1.0 credits from the optional modules offered by Philosophy and/or Economics

Non-Quantitative Methods stream students will take an additional 0.5 credit Methods module and an additional 0.5 credit option from either discipline in the student's chosen stream.


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 multi-disciplinary 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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

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.


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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee


General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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