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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Programma

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    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.

    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.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
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

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.

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.

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Waarom 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 up to four scholarships of €2500,- 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.

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 up to four scholarships of €2500,- 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.

  • Testimonial van Rosie Pearce

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

    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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    – Rosie Pearce
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