PhD in Philosophy, Politics and Economics 

This interdisciplinary research degree programme is made possible by the collaboration between the three internationally excellent PPE departments.

Depending on your research topic you may be eligible to apply for funding through either the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) or the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). You will find information on funding for research degrees here.

As a research student in PPE you are affiliated to the department of your primary supervisor, and you will have access to facilities and teaching opportunities within that department. The constituent departments are:

Previous students have worked on a wide range of topics including:

  • Autonomy for free and equal persons: A civic model of personal autonomy
  • Treating young people as equals: Intergenerational justice in theory and practice
  • Worker ownership, democratic management and developmental freedom in British work cooperatives
  • Liberalism and multiculturism: Heterosexist injustices within minorities
  • The 1997 Financial Crisis and the changing role of the state in South Korea


To be admitted to the PhD programme, you need a strong academic background - usually at least a 2.1 in your first degree and a good Masters level qualification in an appropriate discipline.

For students whose first language is not English, please refer to the English language requirements here.

You can apply for the PhD in PPE using the online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance.

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