The combination of Social Policy, Politics and Economics is unique to Newcastle, allowing for a more applied, ‘real-world’ academic experience.


The Policy, Politics and Economics (PPE) degree at Newcastle is an innovative, interdisciplinary programme.

PPE at Newcastle brings together the study of Social Policy, Politics and Economics to examine and evaluate the arguments, ideas and evidence associated with some of the most pressing global issues. The programme gives equal weight to all three disciplines for the duration of the course, while at the same time allowing you to tailor your degree to your strengths and interests. 

It will enable you to develop the skills necessary for a wide range of careers across the private, public and third sectors. 

  • The combination of Social Policy, Politics and Economics is unique to Newcastle, allowing for a more applied, ‘real-world’ academic experience.  
  • We offer a specially designed, interdisciplinary module in the second year and the option to study abroad in the third year.
  • There is an opportunity to undertake a work placement in the final year via the ‘Professional Development’ module.

Be part of a vibrant community of world‐leading academics who will challenge you to think independently and support you to reach your potential.

Our research-informed approach to teaching ensures you will graduate with the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the global workplace. You will study in one of the most attractive and heritage-rich campuses in the country only a few minutes from the centre of Newcastle.


Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Policy, Politics and Economics

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

On the PPE course you will undertake core introductory modules in all three of the social science disciplines – Social Policy, Politics and Economics – to establish a solid foundation in the three subjects before building on these in the second and third years.


Year 1

The compulsory modules in the first year are designed to provide you with a grounding in all three disciplines of Social Policy, Politics and Economics.

  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Understanding Politics
  • Principles of Economics
  • Social Research Part I (PPE)
  • Social Research Part 2 (PPE)

Choose one of the following modules

  • Introduction to Mathematics for Economics 
  • Advanced Mathematics for Economics (for students with A-Level Maths at A/A*)

Optional modules

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Economy


Year 2

A core module which is at the heart of the Policy, Politics and Economics programme in the second year is ‘Global Issues’. This interdisciplinary module will enable you to consider a range of important global issues and the responses to them at international, regional and local levels. Alongside this, you will take one module from Social Policy, one from Politics and one from Economics. You can also begin to tailor your degree to your developing interests, choosing from the optional modules.

Core modules

  • Global Issues: Perspectives from Policy, Politics and Economics
  • Social Research II
  • Analysing Political Worlds 


  • Comparative Politics

You must also take one of these following modules:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics

Optional modules

You must choose a further 40 credits from any of the three disciplines:

  • Policy Analysis
  • Managing Health and Social Care
  • Housing and Communities
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Poverty, Class and Inequality
  • Terror, Threat and Security
  • Macroeconomics A (if not already taken as compulsory subject)
  • Microeconomics A (if not already taken as compulsory subject)
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Soviet Politics: Rise and Fall of a Superpower
  • British Politics
  • Contemporary Issues in the UK Economy
  • International Political Economy
  • War and Peace in Theory and Practice
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • International Security
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

Year 3

The central component of your third year of study on the PPE course is the dissertation, where you will undertake research-based project on a contemporary theme. You will also choose from a substantial range of optional modules whilst meeting the requirements to undertake at least one module from each discipline. 

Core module

  • Dissertation 

Optional modules

You should select 20 credits from each discipline and 20 credits from across the range of optional modules.

Social Policy

  • Doing or not Doing God? Religion, Policy and Politics
  • New Migration and Super-Diversity
  • Harmful Societies: crime, social harm and social justice
  • Prospects for Social Policy 
  • From Beveridge to May: The political history of the welfare state from the Second World War to the present day
  • Political Sociology
  • Technology and Society
  • Quantitative Data Analysis I and II


  • Economy Policy & Political Economy
  • International & European Monetary Issues
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Health Economics
  • Monetary Policy
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Behavioural & Experimental Economics
  • International Trade Theory
  • International Trade Policy
  • Economics of the EU


  • Contemporary International Political Economy
  • Gender in World Politics
  • The Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Varieties of Capitalism and Welfare State Models
  • Law, Politics & the International System: mediating power beyond the state
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • New Media, Social Media & International Politics
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Power in Britain
  • Contemporary US Foreign & Security Policy
  • Topics in British Politics
  • Professional Development

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our PPE degree is highly sought-after by employers. 84% of graduates go on to graduate employment or further study within 6 months of completing the programme (Based on data collected from 2016/17 leavers in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

Our PPE graduates go on to work in a wide range of fields including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Civil Service and local government
  • Journalism
  • Consultancy 
  • The positions of our recent PPE graduates include:
  • Senior Policy Advisor
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Regional Political Officer
  • Account Executive
  • Research Executive
  • Graduate Insurance Broker
  • With organisations such as BT, DEFRA, KPMG, Ofsted, Fidelity, UBS, Marsh Insurance. 

Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a ‘Professional Development’ module as part of your optional module choices.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed, award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.


Your Newcastle degree

Your Newcastle degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Newcastle students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.