Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSc
To provide breadth and depth in understanding social and political phenomena
This new programme (commencing 2015) aims to provide breadth and depth in understanding social and political phenomena.
Teaching across UCL’s departments of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science, the PPE is in keeping with UCL’s founding tradition in political economy.
The UCL PPE has a fourth methods ‘pillar’ of the degree and a separate quantitative methods stream, which is supported by a new externally funded Q-Step Quantitative Methods Centre.
The distinctive policy focus of the degree is supported by course modules that include the analysis of policy problems, international institutions and actors, issues of ethics and fairness and the appropriate analytical tools.
Innovation in the final year includes a capstone ‘Bloomsbury’ policy module providing three disciplinary perspectives on a global policy problem (eg. corruption, climate change, or antibiotic resistant bacteria), and such issues as the responsibilities of global and ‘intergenerational’ citizenship.
Outside the classroom, students may attend the School of Public Policy’s policy and practice seminar series where we invite academic and practitioner speakers to address policy issues.
In combining different modes of inquiry and methodological approaches, UCL’s PPE degree offers particular benefits to students likely to face multi-career trajectories and concerned about professional mobility.