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MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Economics & Politics

Course Description

Inter-connections between economics and politics are deep and take centre stage in this course. Indeed in the early stages of its development, what we now call ‘economics’ was known as ‘political economy’. This course is tailor-made to suit students with interests in Economics and Politics. It includes an interdisciplinary module in social choice and provides research training for doctoral research in economics.

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. This module is jointly taught by members of staff in all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.
The 10 credit 'Research Skills for PPE' module will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.
You will also take at least 30 credits of economics modules, including applied microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
In addition, you will write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.

Optional modules

You will take a further 50-60 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the Economics and Politics departments. These will include at least 20 credits in Politics and 20-30 credits in Economics. An overview of the types of modules on offer is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/pep/postgraduate/ma-modules


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.


The interdisciplinary nature of an MA degree from the School of PEP at York means that 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.
The variety of optional modules available on the MA in PPE: Economics and Politics prepares students for a wide range of careers, including careers in economics and politics, finance, international organisations and international development. It also provides essential research training for doctoral study in economics.

Visit the MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Economics & Politics 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

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