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 

Dr Christian Piller, Philosophy

‌Whether your journey has been long and winding or easy and direct, whether you had to overcome major obstacles or had a smooth passage, whether we are a dream come true or an option which seemed second best to you, here you are at the School of PEP: A very warm welcome to all of you.

The School offers some of the best teaching you will ever experience. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of interdisciplinary studies. We have world-class researchers, dedicated teachers and support staff who will support you with heart and mind. Our students are of the finest quality. They are active, interested, curious, open-minded and hard-working. Many of them will go on to make important contributions to our society. We expect the same of you.

The School of PEP has been my home since I joined this university. Come in and make yourself feel at home. There are many things we can achieve together.

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

Dr Christian Piller

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Why choose PPE at York?

 Studying PEP at York

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

Watch our Club video

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Meet our international ambassadors

Saira Meyler, Sri Lanka

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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


2017 WUN Research Mobility Programme

Posted on Friday 16 June 2017

The 2017 Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme is now open for applications.

Research Preparation Masters Bursaries

Posted on Monday 16 January 2017

Are you thinking of gaining an MA with a view to undertaking further research in the field of PPE? If so, you could be eligible to have your tuition fees paid by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

WRCoAH AHRC competition studentships now open for applications

Posted on Tuesday 22 November 2016

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 17.00 GMT.

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