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University of Manchester

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

UCAS Code: LV25

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A Level. Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry. Typical Contextual Offer: AAB Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years. Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (36 Distinctions/9 Merits). Minimum Grade B/6 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. Contact: Tom McCunnie, tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

Applicants are expected to achieve D3,D3,D3 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade B/6 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

6,6,6 at Higher level, 36 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level must achieve a minimum of Grade 5. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve Grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve Grade 5 at Higher level and Grade 6 at Standard level.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grades D*D in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade D* in combination with twos A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - accepted with Grades DDM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above. Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

Accepted with Grades D*D in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D*

Accepted with Grade D* in combination with twos A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Accepted with Grades DDM in combination with an A-level at Grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Accepted with Grade D in combination with twos A-levels at Grade A in different subject areas to the diploma.

We typically ask for Grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAB. or Two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade B in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

We typically ask for Grades AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers at Grades AAB. or Two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, plus two additional Highers at Grades BB. Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve Grade B in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We consider the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

UCAS Tariff

144

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

84%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Philosophy

Economics

Politics

- Are you interested in philosophical and political arguments and their economic context?

- Do you want to gain insights from different fields and apply them to pressing policy concerns?

- Would you like to be able to analyse and evaluate sources, and form rigorous arguments?

- Take the right course units and you can apply for a paid summer internship through Manchester's Q-Step programme.

The BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics programme - or PPE for short - is a structured, balanced, yet flexible programme of study, informed by today's freshest research.

The course covers a wide range of topics, problems and issues in contemporary politics, philosophy and economics.

Our PPE degree is based in the School of Social Sciences and provides a great opportunity to join a vibrant community spanning three interrelated disciplines.

You will learn how key insights from different fields can be applied to pressing policy concerns and in doing so can gain an unusually broad and rich set of intellectual and critical skills.

The course also offers the four-year option of PPE with International Study, which enables you to spend a year abroad studying in one of our partner universities. This is a competitive process and in which available places are allocated on academic performance.

**Aims**

- This degree aims to: enhance your capacity to analyse and evaluate competing arguments about political events, ideas and institutions;

- Give you an understanding of economic systems and theories and place the study of economics in its broader institutional and political context

- Develop your ability to formulate rigorous arguments and philosophical positions.

**Special Features**

- All permanent members of philosophy teaching staff are internationally recognised researchers publishing their work in journals and books and giving talks around the world.

- From 2015 Manchester is the new home of the British Election Study

- Excellence in teaching: Politics Staff have won University teaching excellence awards (2010-11, 2011-12) and achieved national recognition, twice winning the Political Studies Association, Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007, 2012).

- Our students can also apply for a valuable summer work placement in their second year through our Q-Step programme.

**Our Students**

Politics, Philosophy and Economics students in figures (2018):
- Students on the course came from 33 countries.

- Their ages ranged from 18 - 29.

- The male / female ratio was 62 : 38.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
Philosophy
74%
low
Economics
78%
med
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

Economics

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

46%
UK students
54%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Politics

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

Economics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£31k

£31k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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