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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Does globalisation undermine social solidarity? Does populism threaten our democracies? How do we encourage corporate social responsibility? And how can we rise to the challenge of climate change?

Our world today faces complex challenges that cannot be tackled by one discipline alone. We need an approach that cuts across boundaries. Our selective one-year Master’s programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) offers this interdisciplinary approach. The programme aims at ambitious students with a wide range of interests – students who want to explore the philosophical dimensions of political and economic issues and develop and apply their critical thinking tools. If you are interested to work at the interface between politics, economics and philosophy, this is your master's programme.

What will you learn? The programme will equip you with the central theoretical and methodological tools from PPE that allow you to understand and critically examine complex problems ranging from global poverty to the financial crisis. You will learn to analyse the political and economic complexities of organizational structures. You will see what is at stake in theories of democracy, collective decision‐making, rational choice, social inequality and economic growth. And you will learn how to apply theoretical insights to concrete policy problems both locally and globally.

Talent grants

We offer two grants of €5000 to the most talented non-EU/EEA applicants.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
69321
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Philosophy
Why study this programme in Groningen?

In 2018, our programme received the highest overall rating out of all Master programmes in the Netherlands in the national student satisfaction survey. The average over-all score came to 4.9 out of 5! We offer paid teaching assistantships for the best two EU applicants. Non-EU/EEA students will receive a tuition waiver of 50%. We also offer two scholarships of €5000,- for the most talented non-EU/EEA applicants: https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/ppe/master/talent-grants-and-tuition-waivers

PPE should be more than the addition of P, P and E. Rather than studying the three disciplines separately, the PPE master's programme in Groningen is unique in teaching PPE as a genuinely integrative discipline. Moreover, our programme offers a distinctive combination of theory and practice: you will learn to apply theories and methods to policy issues.

We combine a thorough interdisciplinary PPE foundation with ample opportunities for specialization. Our core courses and policy seminars provide the foundation, and our wide range of electives allow you to delve deeper into one or more of the disciplinary fields.

Our instructors are of top international quality. The Faculty of Philosophy, for example, is ranked as the best place to study philosophy in the Netherlands. Our small class sizes allow us to provide a close personalised approach, and a personal mentor will guide you through your studies.

Programme

The one‐year (60 ECTS) programme consists of nine modules of 5 ECTS each and a 15 ECTS Master thesis. Three of these nine modules constitute the academic core of the programme: Methods of PPE, Theories of PPE, and History of PPE. In two PPE seminars, knowledge from Methods and Theories is applied to policy issues. Four PPE electives and a Master thesis complete the programme.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Elective 1
Methods of PPE
Theories of PPE
Elective 2
History of PPE
PPE Seminar 1
Elective 3
Elective 4
PPE Seminar 2
Master Thesis

Curriculum

In the Methods of PPE module you learn the analytical and formal methods that make up PPE research: decision theory, statistics, policy impact assessment, game theory, and social and public choice theory. You learn the strengths and limitations of these methods, and discover how to frame problems and select the appropriate method for them.

In the Theories of PPE module, we focus on key concepts and theories, including rationality, utility, efficiency, equality and fairness. You will learn how to apply these concepts and theories to issues such as productivity, property rights, social security, markets, intergenerational justice, environmental policy, collective action, and voting.

In the History of PPE module, we critically reflect on the main historical traditions relevant to PPE, focusing on Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Smith, Rousseau and modern developments such as the rise of capitalism, Marxism, and utopian socialism.

In the PPE Seminars you will apply the methods and theories of PPE to concrete policy issues.

For the electives you can choose courses from a list of electives especially designed for the PPE programme and from electives in other programmes offered by the participating faculties. Moreover, it is possible to substitute some coursework with an internship.

To conclude your degree, you will write a Master's thesis on a topic of your own choice.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

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assessment interview

After reviewing all applications, the Board of Admissions will admit some students directly and reject some students directly. Other students will be invited for an interview. In an interview, the Board of Admissions will address issues such as motivation, ambition, skills and general fit with the PPE programme. Once admitted, students will be given, where necessary, a reading list on issues they have not encountered in their Bachelor's. He or she will then follow up with their mentor on these issues once the programme starts.

grade average

Please submit an academic transcript. We generally expect applicants to have at least a mean grade of 7.5 out of 10 on the Dutch grading system, although exceptions are sometimes granted in special circumstances. If the undergraduate programme involved a thesis, we also expect a 7.5 or higher. The admissions office will check how far international candidates' GPA corresponds to our requirement on the Dutch grading system.

language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit your results on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than 6.5
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being at least 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing

This requirement does not apply if:

  • you are a native speaker and have completed your secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • you have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
previous education

The applicant has a Bachelor's degree in (1) PPE, or (2) Philosophy or Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, or (3) Economics, or (4) Political Science, or (5) another relevant field.

reference letter

Please submit two reference letters. These should be from academic staff and signed by your referee. Please make sure they state your student number on these letters (you receive a student number once you have registered in Studielink). Applicants with a non-Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their letters directly to phil.ma.admission@rug.nl Applicants with a Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their letters directly to ppe@rug.nl

written request

Please include a CV, a letter of motivation (between one and three pages), and a writing sample (between 3000 and 10000 words) with your application.

other admission requirements

International students: first register in Studielink, and then upload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapply and follow the steps. Full application procedure: please DOWNLOAD PDF (updated July 2018): https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/ppe/admissions-procedure-PPE-MSc-Groningen.pdf

Registration procedure

Students with a non-Dutch diploma, please click on 'Apply for this programme' below to see the full application procedure for this programme. Students applying on the basis of a Dutch bachelor diploma, please submit your application (including all required documents) to: ppe@rug.nl, visit http://www.rug.nl/education/nederlandse-studenten/inschrijven/master and follow the application instructions.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsAll Research universities

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Political ScienceAll Research universities

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EconomicsAll Research universities

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PhilosophyAll Research universities

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Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific DisciplineAll Research universities

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Study programmeOrganizationTransition
International Relations and International OrganizationUniversity of Groningen

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PhilosophyUniversity of Groningen

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Philosophy of a specific disciplineUniversity of Groningen

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Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of Groningen

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Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Groningen

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SociologyUniversity of Groningen

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Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

After reviewing all applications, the Board of Admissions will admit some students directly and reject some students directly. Other students will be invited for an interview. In an interview, the Board of Admissions will address issues such as motivation, ambition, skills and general fit with the PPE programme. Once admitted, students will be given, where necessary, a reading list on issues they have not encountered in their Bachelor's. He or she will then follow up with their mentor on these issues once the programme starts.

grade average

Please submit an academic transcript. We generally expect applicants to have at least a mean grade of 7.5 out of 10 on the Dutch grading system, although exceptions are sometimes granted in special circumstances. If the undergraduate programme involved a thesis, we also expect a 7.5 or higher. The admissions office will check how far international candidates' GPA corresponds to our requirement on the Dutch grading system.

language test

To confirm sufficient language proficiency, please submit your results on one of the following language tests:

  • IELTS: at least 7.0 overall score with no band less than 6.5
  • TOEFL: at least 100 overall score, with section scores being at least 22 for Reading, 26 for Speaking, and 24 for Writing

This requirement does not apply if:

  • you are a native speaker and have completed your secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • you have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
previous education

The applicant has a Bachelor's degree in (1) PPE, or (2) Philosophy or Philosophy of a Specific Discipline, or (3) Economics, or (4) Political Science, or (5) another relevant field.

reference letter

Please submit two reference letters. These should be from academic staff and signed by your referee. Please make sure they state your student number on these letters (you receive a student number once you have registered in Studielink). Applicants with a non-Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their letters directly to phil.ma.admission@rug.nl Applicants with a Dutch Bachelor diploma: Your referees should send their letters directly to ppe@rug.nl

written request

Please include a CV, a letter of motivation (between one and three pages), and a writing sample (between 3000 and 10000 words) with your application.

other admission requirements

International students: first register in Studielink and then upload your application files to the Online Application System. In order to do this, visit http://www.rug.nl/howtoapply and follow the steps. Full application procedure: please DOWNLOAD PDF (updated July 2018): https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/ppe/admissions-procedure-PPE-MSc-Groningen.pdf

Registration procedure

Students with a non-Dutch diploma, please click on 'Apply for this programme' below to see the full application procedure for this programme. Students applying on the basis of a Dutch bachelor diploma, please submit your application (including all required documents) to: ppe@rug.nl, visit http://www.rug.nl/education/nederlandse-studenten/inschrijven/master and follow the application instructions.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201901 September 2019
01 April 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 11500full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

With its combination of a generalist PPE foundation and its opportunities for specialisation, our Master's prepares you for a broad range of careers.

Our PPE programme provides you with the knowledge, insight, and skills to work in organizations as diverse as national or international public administrations, governmental and non‐governmental organizations, private businesses and banks, journalism, think tanks and research institutions.

Research

Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Besides the PPE Master, Groningen has also made a firm commitment to become a hub for research at the interface of philosophy, politics and economics.

The Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics stimulates and facilitates such research by bringing together academics from the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. The Centre for PPE includes research areas such as moral philosophy, political theory, philosophy of economics, monetary and financial economics, decision theory, financial ethics, international relations, social epistemology, social ontology, moral psychology, organizational behaviour, and social psychology.

In its mission, the Centre involves students, PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers. It organizes seminars, workshops, a blog, a lectures series and conferences. The Centre also deepens existing connections with international partners in Europe, the US and elsewhere.

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								Testimonial of Rosie Pearce

    The small class size of the PPE programme has enabled me to receive individual attention throughout my studies.

    – Rosie Pearce
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    I was attracted to the course at the University of Groningen because it combines the three studies within modules, which was not the case at other universities. The PPE approach is integrated into more modules than just our core ones. For example, I took a module called 'Justice in Migration', where we studied immigration and emigration policies through empirical evidence as well as philosophical standpoints.

    The choice of modules is good, and we can take modules at other departments as well as our own. I am about to start a module at the Arts faculty, for example, about disease and international relations.

    The small class size of the PPE programme has enabled me to receive individual attention throughout my studies. Each student is assigned a mentor, who we can ask for advice.

    As well as benefiting from supportive staff, the learning environment with other students is interesting, since our different backgrounds complement our joint studies. We bring our knowledge, skills and experience from our relative bachelor degrees and home countries to class discussions. For example, when discussing policies, we will often compare how institutions in different countries organise.

    The philosophy department is a wonderful home to study in, and as a small department it is welcoming. I have found it easy to integrate into the university and city, since there are lots of organised activities through student associations like STUFF (philosophy student association) and ESN (Erasmus student network).

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