Taught course

Philosophy, Politics and Economics: Philosophy and Public Affairs

University of York · School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy

Entry requirements

Students with a good first degree (i.e. an upper second or equivalent) in any subject. Students with no prior knowledge of economics at undergraduate level are usually required to attend the Economics Summer Session. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

This course covers topics in ethics, political philosophy and social choice, and 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. 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.

Core module includes:

  • The PPE of Social Choice;
  • Research Skills for PPE; T
  • opics in Theoretical Philosophy or Contemporary Political Philosophy;
  • Topics in Practical Philosophy or Contemporary Issues in Toleration;
  • Applied Microeconomics I or Economic Analysis for PPE;
  • Dissertation.

Students also choose from a wide range of options offered by the Economics, Philosophy and Politics departments.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 324000