Philosophy, Politics and Economics

BA Hons

  • UCAS code L0V0
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 years

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Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 8

    8th for Satisfied with teaching (Philosophy)

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 11

    11th for Research Quality for Economics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 16

    16th for Economics

    The Complete University Guide (2025)

Why Lancaster?

  • Study in a department that combines expertise in Politics and Philosophy, as well as the Department of Economics in our quadruple accredited Management School
  • Study philosophical ideas with experts in both Western and non-Western traditions
  • Learn from inspiring academics who research challenges such as the politics and economics of climate change, global health, peace and conflict
  • Expand your experience with an internship or join an overseas study trip to the US, India or China
  • This degree can lead to a career in many areas, including the Civil and Diplomatic Services, international development work, journalism and the media

Our BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics lets you explore the events and ideas that make up our world today. How are societies and political institutions influenced by economic forces? What difference do ideas and ideologies make? How do international treaties and conflicts shape people’s lives?

Three ways to explore the world

In this course, you’ll explore philosophical arguments, analyse political structures, and engage with economic models. You’ll gain a better understanding of our world, as well as developing your critical and reasoning skills and abilities to communicate clearly and articulately.

The broad scope of our department means you can study ethics and society, political institutions and financial markets. You can explore Indian philosophical thought as well as Western approaches. You also have the option of adding an International Relations element to your politics studies to develop a truly global perspective.

Tailor your degree

With the support of your supervisor, you’ll have the freedom to define the topic of your dissertation in your third year. Previous students have researched a range of subjects including bitcoin and crypto currencies, long-termism and sustainability, and the justification of war.

Want to add experience to your CV? Apply for one of the internships offered every year by the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, based in our department. These are research projects in external organisations such as NGOs, think tanks, charities and faith-based organisations. We’ll also support you in finding placement opportunities in a range of organisations, from roles in arts and heritage organisations, to media and marketing agencies.

The University usually runs short, overseas study trips to give you the chance to experience a different culture. In the past these have included Malaysia, India, Ghana, China and the US, where we visited the J.F.K Presidential library, the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Study Abroad and Placement Year options

You can apply to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a year abroad for the whole of your third year. In the past, destinations have included Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Netherlands and the USA. Another option is to study for a placement year in Year 3, before returning to Lancaster for Year 4. Students have worked with major businesses, public sector bodies, charities and NGOs.

Careers

Over the course of our programme, you’ll develop many transferable skills and a depth of knowledge across Philosophy, Politics and Economics. This combination is highly regarded by a wide range of employers. Alongside critical reasoning skills, the ability to organise complex ideas and to marshal evidence, skills in economics will equip you for a career in finance, business and commerce.

Just some of the careers our graduates have chosen include:

  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • Politics and government
  • International charities and Non-Government Organisations
  • Teaching and education
  • International finance and banking
  • Journalism and media
  • Business management and consultancy

Further study is the next step for others and many of our graduates go on to do a Master’s or PhD.

Find out more about the support the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion offers to improve your employability, and learn about the careers of some of our alumni.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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£9,250 £23,992

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Scholarships and bursaries

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