Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Open University in Scotland


Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern societies are organised and governed, and studying them together gives you a combination of skills that’s in high demand across the private, public and non-profit sectors. While the original PPE has been described as ‘the degree that runs Britain’, this combination is better viewed as the study of how this and other countries are run, what motivates and constrains their rulers and residents, and how social order and prosperity are best understood and promoted. All three disciplines are presented in up-to-date form, covering alternative as well as ‘mainstream’ approaches and firmly rooted in the real world.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. If you are new to study or to the OU we recommend that you start with a course at Level 1.

Computer and internet access required.

Progression Routes

You’ll develop skills to express your ideas clearly and logically; to understand and analyse complex information; and to study independently. It offers you a good preparation for a wide variety of other careers, including banking and finance, politics, journalism and broadcasting, law, industry, teaching, social work, accountancy, business management, management consultancy and advertising. You may need to undertake further training or study to enter a new career area.

Start Date

October, February




BA Hons

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length





Arts and Humanities

SCQF Level