BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

The Open University

Programme Description

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

The Open University

Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights?

Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed.

Key features of the course

  • Gain insight into debates that dominate the daily news
  • Learn skills and techniques to help you analyse and contribute to the discussion
  • Explore how arguments (and public policies) are constructed in theory and tested in practice
  • Increase your employability across the private and public sectors

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will introduce you to the social sciences and politics.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further compulsory modules, one in each of economics and philosophy.
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll focus on any two of the three PPE subjects.


We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Hons) Politics Philosophy and Economics uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • working in a group with other students
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • using an online laboratory
  • using specialist software (for example the Design/Engineering Studio).

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

This qualification begins with the introductory module Investigating the social world (DD103) which builds a solid foundation for further study. To get the best from it you’ll need some basic study skills at higher education level.

Career relevance

A degree in politics, philosophy and economics is internationally recognised as providing a set of conceptual and quantitative skills particularly relevant for many areas of public services, such as the civil and diplomatic services and local government. In particular, you’ll develop skills enabling you to express your ideas clearly and logically; understand and analyse complex information, and study independently.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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3 - 16 
Part time
Full time