Politics, Philosophy and Economics – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: PPE1 or PPE2
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

How does the world work, and how can it be changed? This course explores issues of philosophy, politics and economics, and challenges you to devise creative solutions to local, national and global problems.

  • Combine academic studies in philosophy, politics and economics with real-world problem solving.
  • Apply academic theory in practical and creative ways to study, design projects, plan and innovate.
  • Draw on the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences to explore how the world works from multiple perspectives.

Take an innovative approach to the study of philosophy, politics and economics – and their application to the contemporary world. You’ll explore the major challenges we face at local, national and international levels and develop creative ideas and approaches to dealing with these issues.

With a strong emphasis on problem solving and creative thinking, this is a course for those who want to not only understand the ways in which the world works, but to question them.

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What you'll learn


Our Politics, Philosophy and Economics course draws on a variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The first and second years provide the building blocks for subsequent study. You'll develop expertise in a wide range of philosphical, political and economical thining, and learn to apply the knowledge and professional skills you've acquired in practical ways.

The final year project is an opportunity to synthesise and apply your knowledge and understanding across all of these disciplines, bringing them together in a major piece of work.

Course structure

Year one
Introductions and foundations: Ask questions, challenge your assumptions, interrogate evidence, data and opinions. You’ll follow a broad curriculum and develop your understanding of economic, political and philosophical thinking and how they interconnect.

Year two
Practical, applied, relevant: this year combines the academic study of Politics, Philosophy and Economics with the acquisition of professional skills as you apply your knowledge and understanding to a defined problem or idea.

Year three
Achievement, consolidation, creativity: your final project in the third year brings all this together. You’ll identify your own area of study, develop your proposal and put it into practice. This might be an extended piece of academic writing, a pitch to a local employer, a community project or the creation of digital resources.

How will I be assessed?

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of coursework tasks including:

  • Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective writing.

How will I be taught?

You'll be taught through a mix of seminars, workshops and lectures. You'll learn in small groups, with as many opportunities to work outside the seminar room as possible.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Adventure, Adversity, Austerity: The Politics of Modern Britain
  • Worlds of Ideas
  • Professional Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Economics and Globalisation
  • Thinking Together: Humanities in the 21st Century

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • Applying Economics
  • The Art of the Possible: Political Analysis and Policy Making
  • Political Ideologies: Thinking in Action
  • Digital Humanities
  • The Art of Persuasion: Advocacy for Change
  • Working Together
  • Political Institutions and Social Change
  • Reading Philosophy
  • Innovation Management

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • PPE Final Project
  • Advanced Economics Issues
  • Utopia and Dystopia
  • Issues in World Politics
  • Investigtive Journalism
  • Leadership and Management
  • Life and Meaning
  • Environmental Politics
  • From Decolonisation to Globalisation: The Making and Meaning of the Modern Contemporary World


Work placements, industry links and internships

We'll encourage you to work outside of the seminar room as much as possible, through fieldwork, projects with our industry partners, placements and internships.


We'll work with you to develop your professional skills and to identify ways of applying them externally – to roles that are current in an ever-changing work landscape. 

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is based at our Newton Park campus, which combines outstanding modern facilities with a beautiful setting.


The Library provides many core resources, both in print and online. We draw on a wide range of resources, and encourage the use – and creation – of different materials. 

You'll have access to other excellent facilities including:


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,910
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students who demonstrate a willingness to apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and to become involved in helping to solve them.

You'll need ideas, imagination and determination. Expect to be challenged – even as you challenge the world to do better.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Course leader: Dr Richard Stamp
Email: r.stamp@bathspa.ac.uk

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