The University of York is one of the most prestigious places to study Politics, Economics and Philosophy

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A friendly, informal atmosphere and a lively student society - the Club of PEP

The School is a collaboration of three departments, Politics, Economics and Philosophy, which exists to offer degrees in various combinations of these subjects. Founded in 1986, the School was one of the first universities after Oxford to offer a PPE degree, and has established a very strong international reputation for offering teaching of the highest quality: in PPE, in Economics & Philosophy, in Economics & Politics and in Philosophy & Politics. It prides itself on its friendly, informal atmosphere and on its student society, the Club of PEP. York is the only institution to offer both MA’s and research degrees in PPE.

Welcome to the School 

It is a great privilege to be Director of the School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of York. We have one of the finest sets of internationally recognised academics in the field of PPE, and the liveliest, most committed group of students in the country. We offer one of the best opportunities to study for a PPE degree and associated joint degrees in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Come to York and you will learn the importance of the interaction between the political, economic and ethical in today’s world. You’ll engage with your peers and teachers on an unforgettable intellectual journey, and follow in the footsteps of our graduates who have gone on to pursue stimulating and challenging careers all over the world.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.

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Club of PEP

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The Club organises a fantastic array of events, trips and socials so that our students can make the most of their time here, both academically and socially. The Club is run by students, for students, and all students in the School are automatically members.

Find out more on the Club's website

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Nobel laureate speaks to York PEP students

Amartya Sen, Nobel Prizewinner

Award-winning economist and philosopher gives public lecture at York


Congratulations to our PEP prizewinners!

Posted on Monday 13 July 2015

The School of PEP is delighted to announce that six of its students have been awarded prizes acknowledging their exceptional academic performance this year.

Nobel Prize-winning economist and philosopher speaks to PEP students

Posted on Tuesday 16 June 2015

Amartya Sen, the world-renowned social scientist, gave the School of PEP Lecture at the York Festival of Ideas in June.

A property-owning democracy - is the dream alive and well?

Posted on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Dr Martin O'Neill (Politics) argues that the so-called 'Mansion Tax' is one of the keys to a more equal distribution of property wealth in the UK.

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