Are you considering a career as a politician, civil servant or journalist? Keen to study both humanities and social sciences?
With roots in three separate disciplines, this is the course for you. It combines intellectual stimulation with understanding what makes the world tick and is the first degree of its kind in Scotland. As befits this, you can even choose specifically Scottish options in all three areas.
Our supportive and friendly team has received the highest possible rating for its teaching. In your final year, you’ll bring together the different skills you’ve acquired in a dissertation, which covers at least two of the subject areas.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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Essential subjects: To include Politics, Philosophy And Economics
General entrance requirements apply.
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent required.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 12,140.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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In Semesters 1 - 3 you will study the following modules:
In Semesters 4 - 8 you will study the following core modules:
In Semester 5 you will take modules in each of the three disciplines. In Semester 6 you can either continue to study in each of the three subjects or you can choose from only two subjects. Semester 7 and 8 have further specialisation. (See entries below)
A supervised project (equivalent to two modules) on a topic that combines elements from at least two of the disciplines.
Honours degree classification is based on modules undertaken in the final two years of the course. In general, (but with the exception of the dissertation) examination and coursework are weighted equally in each module.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
Philosophy was ranked 2nd in Scotland and top ten in the UK, and Economics was ranked 4th in Scotland in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
This degree is the first of its kind in Scotland.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
With roots in three different disciplines this degree programme combines intellectual stimulation with and understanding of what makes the world tick. This degree provides an excellent basis for those who want to pursue careers in industry, journalism, politics, management, intelligence, marketing, industrial organisation to name but a few career areas that are open to PPE graduates.
A degree in PPE develops many useful transferable skills including:
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As part of this degree you will be able to undertake a range of modules which provide activities and skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career.
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We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.
Graduates from this degree subject area are equipped for a wide range of careers. A degree in PPE opens up a broad range of career opportunities.
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or imagination to the jobs listed here.
Look for volunteering or work experience opportunities with organisations and businesses that you are interested in working for, or that will help you develop the skills relevant to your career interests. Aim to get an internship during your summer vacations and use any opportunities to build up a network of contacts. This is a useful way to test your suitability and interest in a range of roles.
Some PPE graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often to develop their knowledge of the subject further to improve their career prospects. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, publishing and journalism. For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For other careers such a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential.
Relevant further study available at Stirling include: