Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


This joint honours degree will be of interest to students who are interested in social and political studies and the humanities.

Due to the strong connections among the three different disciplines, the knowledge and skills acquired in each reinforce those gained in the others. As a student, you will not only come to a broader understanding of modern societies, political institutions and economic policies, but you will also gain insight into the philosophical theories that drive crucial decisions made by businesses and governments.

This degree is especially suitable for students aiming for a career in politics, finance and the media.

Year 1: Politics & International Relations 1:Democracy and Governance; The Economics of Business and Society; Controversial Questions; Experience, Knowledge and Reality; The Global Economy; How Should One Live?.

Year 2: Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations; Intermediate Microeconomics; Global Politics: Equality and Inequality; Intermediate Macroeconomics.

Year 3: 60 credit points from level 3 courses in Philosophy and 30 credit points from level 3 courses in Economics, plus 30 credit points from level 3 courses in Politics.

Year 4: 30 credit points from level 4 courses in each of Economics, Philosophy and Politics plus a dissertation in either Economics or Philosophy.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements:

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including a relevant subject at A.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Divinity, History and Philosophy

SCQF Level