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MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Course Description

This course offers a balanced and integrated education across the PPE disciplines. It is constructed around an interdisciplinary module on social decision making taught by staff from all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments. The course provides you with a foundation in economics and research skills, and offers a wide range of philosophy and politics option modules.

Core modules

You will take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted) at an advanced level.
You will also take a core 10 credit 'Research Skills for PPE' module, which prepares you for undertaking research, covering areas such as formulation of research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.
You will also take one of two 10 credit economics modules: either 'Applied Microeconomics I', which covers central topics in microeconomics including consumer theory, decision theory, welfare and market equlibrium and efficiency; or 'Economic Analysis for PPE', which provides a non-technical introduction to economics.
In addition, you will write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Optional modules

You will take a further 80 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the departments of Politics, Economics, Philosophy or the School of PEP itself. These will include at least 20 credits from Politics and 20 credits from Philosophy. An overview of the types of modules on offer is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/pep/postgraduate/ma-modules/

How you'll be taught

Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.

Careers and employability

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of PEP postgraduate courses means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.
Career pathways for MA in PPE graduates are hugely varied, and have included accounting, the civil service, finance, international development, journalism, law, politics and research. The international dimension of the course allows students to pursue job opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Visit the MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The MA is open to those with a good first degree (i.e. an upper second or equivalent) in any subject. For students whose first language is not English, the School normally requires a minimum proficiency level of 6.5 in the IELTS test. Further information about English language requirements (including alternative tests acceptable to the School) may be found at: View Website. It is possible for students with no prior knowledge of economics or mathematics to take this course without having to attend the Economics Summer Session.

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