The Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree is based on the view that, to understand public phenomena, one must approach them from several disciplinary directions. This degree illuminates how these three areas complement one another:
• Politics acquaints students with the institutions and processes that produce decisions governing our lives
• Philosophy develops analytical rigour, the ability to reason logically, critically and ethically
• Economics helps in understanding government policy and the choices facing businesses, governments and society
Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree highlights
Although the PPE degree only began at Queen's in 2009, it has already been successful in placing graduates in top positions in business and government. This includes one currently serving minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.
- Study Abroad: students have study opportunities in other European universities through our Erasmus programme, and also in the USA and Canada.
- Although practicing politics, philosophy, or economics does not usually require professional accreditations, many of our staff and students are members of many of the key professional associations in these subject areas. This includes the Political Studies Association, the British Philosophical Association, the Political Studies Association of Ireland, the American Political Science Association, and the Royal Economic Society.
- The School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real world work experience which is invaluablein terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we can offer studentsplacements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
- Queen's is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Studying for a Politics degree at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers and academic institutions.
- PPE graduates from Queens have moved into areas such as further postgraduate study (internationally and in Britain and Ireland), teacher training, banking, consultancy, the civil service, and politics. Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as the Bank of England, major companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers, and major political parties (including an MLA at Stormont).
- The School offers a range of employment placements where students can gain real-world work experience which is invaluable in terms of employment after graduation. Given that Belfast is a regional capital with devolved powers, we offer students placements in the high profile political and related institutions on our doorstep - for example, in the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, or BBC Northern Ireland.
World Class Facilities
- Research-led Teaching: cutting-edge research drives our externally commended teaching, most recently evidenced in the latest student satisfaction survey.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The Head of School, Professor Yvonne Galligan, OBE, is an internationally recognised expert in the politics of gender. She was a member of an Independent Commission of Inquiry on The Consequences of Devolution for the UK House of Commons (the McKay Commission), in 2013. She was also independent chairperson of the Markievicz Commission in Ireland on measures to implement the candidate gender quota of 30%, in 2014. She was awarded an OBE in the Birthday 2014 Honours List. Prof. Beverley Milton Edwards has advised various governments in her role as an expert on the Middle East, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brooking Institution. Professor David Phinnemore is an expert on EU Treaty reform and EU enlargement, which led to his secondment as an advisor to the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
- Our uniquely supportive pastoral care/ personal tutor system is equalled only by the academic guidance available. Our vibrant PPE Society provides a welcome and stimulating environment for newstudents. We have students from around the UK, Ireland, Europe and the wider world, ensuring a rich mix of students withdifferent experiences and backgrounds.
Ed Livingstone, BA Politics (2013), Philosophy, and Economics
Studying PPE at Queen's has several unique advantages:
• Studying in Belfast, a regional political and economic capital city, allows for one to interact directly with key decision makers in the area
• Situated on the island of Ireland, the PPE degree at Queen's offers a unique international setting
• Studying politics, philosophy, and economics in a divided society allows one to explore how these subjects work to shape conflict
• Small class sizes promote the building of close friendships and networks
Employment after the Course
A PPE degree provides a stimulating programme of study and intellectual training useful in many walks of life and future career paths. Graduates are equipped with the necessary attributes for graduate employment or postgraduate education and training, and are able to make a difference in whatever future career they choose. PPE graduates enter careers in areas such as marketing, journalism, broadcasting, education, the Civil Service, equal opportunities, banking, business, public relations, local government, and even politics itself.
The School also maintains an Employers Forum - a direct link to businesses and organisations who look to recruit from among our school's graduates.
Placements: Students have the opportunity in the final year to undertake a part-time placement within a local organisation to gain direct experience of policy-making and political decision-making.
The diversity of interests and topics covered in the discipline, plus the wide range of skills it equips you with, means that our students enter a wide range of careers on graduation. These include the public sector (e.g. social services, education, civil service), private sector (e.g. market research, policy analysis, human resources, banking), and third sector (e.g. policy analyst, researcher, charity fundraiser). A number of our students also go on to postgraduate study, on a full or part-time basis.
Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen's. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen's Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.