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World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Philosophy, Politics and Economics - University of Reading

This joint degree, regarded as a modern version of classics, has a rich history; the combination of subjects has been a well-known favourite choice for politicians and future Prime Ministers. Studying philosophy will equip you with the ability to think logically, evaluate arguments critically, and challenge your own ideas and those of other people. We will give you an understanding of the central principles, concepts, problems, texts and figures of philosophy as well as the chance to examine non-Western philosophies such as Indian philosophy. You will be taught by leading experts whose research strengths lie especially in moral philosophy and the philosophy of the mind and language. In politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. There are wide range of specialist modules which cover topics such as British government and politics, European political integration, and political thinking. In 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey, and 80% of our research impact in politics was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which directly feeds into your learning. In economics, you will study both applied and practical issues and focus on the relationship between economics and society. There is less emphasis on mathematical and statistical content than some Economics courses; instead you will focus on the relevance of these techniques to applied problems. You will still learn necessary maths skills in your core modules, but extensive support is available should you need it. You will study philosophy, politics and economics in the first year, then focus on two or continue with all three subjects in your second and final years. Most of your contact time will be spent in small seminar-style groups, allowing you to interact directly with staff and add your own voice to the discussion. Placements are encouraged, providing the chance to put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice as well as gaining valuable real-world experience. You can undertake a placement at any point in your degree and work in a company or charity relevant to your final year studies; a previous Philosophy student worked at a zoo to learn more about the ethical treatment of animals. In Politics, you can undertake a two-week placement as part of our module on "British government and politics" giving you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working with an MP, charity, pressure group, local councillor or media organisation. **Careers** Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to complete career-related modules. These enable you to think about what career you would like and what skills you will need for it. Studying philosophy enables you to develop a range of transferable skills, including clear thinking, logical analysis and the critical assessment of argument. These skills are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers such as law, politics, management and marketing. 98% of undergraduate students in the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2015-16). Past students have put their political analysis skills to direct use in the home and European civil services, political research units, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and journalism Others have found employment in the civil service, journalism, consultancy, finance, local and central government. previous employers have included the Ministry of Defence, Cambridge University Press, local authorities and other universities. Some graduates choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475