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MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Philosophy & Public Affairs

Course Description

Philosophical issues are deeply relevant in many areas of public life and often arise in public discussion. They include issues about ethics, economics and the law, as well as politics. This course covers topics in ethics, political philosophy and social choice, provides an understanding of economics, and research training in philosophy. It allows students to study a range of options at the intersection of philosophy and public affairs. It equips students for a range of careers in research and public life.

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 take two of four 20 credit philosophy/political philosophy modules: 'Topics in Theoretical Philosophy' or 'Contemporary Political Philosophy', and 'Topics in Practical Philosophy' or 'Contemporary Issues in Toleration'.
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 40 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the Economics, Philosophy and Politics departments. 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.
The MA in PPE: Philosophy and Public Affairs equips you for a range of careers in research and public life.

Visit the MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics: Philosophy & Public Affairs 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. Students with no prior knowledge of economics at undergraduate level are usually required to attend the Economics Summer Session.

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