Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons)
UCAS code VL52
What is special about this course?
This multidisciplinary honours degree offers the unique opportunity to study the three most influential realities impacting people’s lives and is a comprehensive programme aimed at developing the leaders of the future.
Economics: You will examine how economic agents (individuals, households, and businesses) and markets behave and interact, and are influenced by aspects such as inflation, economic growth and unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy.
Politics: You will examine the different ways in which politics shapes our lives and is organised differently around the world. The programme looks at various forms of governance from clans, upwards to modern local governments, institutions, sovereign states and finally to international level.
Philosophy: Philosophy seeks to understand, and critically to question, ideas concerning the nature of reality, value and experience that play a pervasive role in understanding the world and ourselves. Problematic concepts, such as existence, reason and truth, occur in every sphere of human enquiry. Others belong to particular areas of thought and practice, such as art and politics. In this programme, you will explore these ideas and concepts and how they influence society.
- You will have the opportunity to explore and understand key themes within the three disciplines and will be encouraged to debate, discuss and critically think about issues in life and society
- You will gain skills that will enable you to pursue careers in various fields including economics, local and national government, and civil and diplomatic services.
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics upon successful completion of one of the below courses with a grade profile of BBC:
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Year 1 - CertHE
Core modules are:
- Introduction to philosophy
- Moral philosophy
- Introduction to politics
- Politics of the British Isles
- Introduction to micro economic theory and concepts
- Introduction to macro economic theory and concepts
Year 2 - DipHE
Core modules are:
- History of political ideas
- Comparative politics
- Applications of economic theory and analysis
- Government economic policy, decision-making and impact
Year 3 - BA
Modules may include:
- Decision theory
- Philosophy of religion
- Philosophy of science
- Modern political ideas
- European politics
- Wars of the 'Promised Land'
- Globalisation and sustainable development
- Literature review
- Economics of mountain regions
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
Modules may include:
- Philosophy of mind
- Scottish tradition in philosophy
- Geopolitics:territory, security and strategy
- Political theory
- Terrorism and unconventional warfare
- Social enterprise and the small business management
- The consumerist society
- Geo-political development issues.
You must also complete a dissertation (40 credits).
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors. Students are expected to engage in a significant amount of self-study.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years
- Part-time: 8 years
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Highland Theological College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£11,650|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£5,820|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£1,940|
**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics is an interdisciplinary programme allowing graduates to pursue a career in economics; business; public services, including the civil and diplomatic services and local government; or to undertake further study in areas such as law, journalism, social work or education.
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What our students, graduates and staff say
The course is very diverse and allows me to study three influential disciplines that are applicable worldwide. It encourages me to think critically about important issues in our society and further my understanding in the three disciplines. With this degree there are many options and careers to get into; from journalism to diplomacy, as well as various jobs in politics and economics. The options are endless. If you are interested in the three disciplines, this course is definitely the right choice for you.
Viktoria Hricova, from Slovakia, is in her third year of the BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics at our Perth College UHI campus.
Apply for Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons)
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