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Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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.

  • 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).

    – Rosie Pearce
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