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School of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic the School of PPE is following the advice of the UK Government and the University of York and where possible, staff are working from home. If you wish to contact student services please email

For our incoming and current students, an overview of our plans for 2020-21 Teaching and Assessment (PDF , 105kb) are now available.

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

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Interdisciplinary discussion and teaching led by world-renowned experts

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

The School offers degrees in various combinations of Politics, Philosophy and Economics subjects. It was founded in 1986 as 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 intellectually robust, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere and on its student society, the Club of PEP

Welcome to the School 

The School of PPE offers degree courses at the heart of current thinking, research and debate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Now is a most exciting time to study political economy, economic philosophy and political philosophy.‌

The School is home to a prestigious and international community of students and academics at the forefront of research into the philosophical, economic, and political questions of our time, including their historical contexts and competing theoretical analyses. The School is dedicated to outstanding teaching and to developing the potential of all our students in an intellectually robust, friendly and open learning environment.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

Dr Alex Hall

Director of PPE

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Our courses

   Undergraduate courses

BA with Placement

The School of PPE participates in the University Placement scheme. Under this scheme students are offered the chance to work for a year as part of their degree to prepare them for the world of work. What our students say about Placements.

BA with Year Abroad programme options available from 2020/21

The year abroad option is also sometimes referred to as a ‘3+1’. Your degree will last four years and your degree title will reference the year abroad, e.g. BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with a year abroad). 

The year abroad programme option is in addition to the existing credit-replacing year abroad, which does not add additional time to your degree.

Discover Year Abroad options

Our students



Vox Journal is the student-led Politics, Philosophy and Economics Magazine, publishing academic writings primarily from students, professors and alumni from the University of York. It provides a medium for UoY students to offer their opinions and exchange their insights on controversial topics. Vox Journal currently issues termly journals and a fortnightly blog:Voxensus.

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 about the Club of PEP

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