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to the
Warwick PPE
Open Day

Professor Mark Harrison, March 13, 2013
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Introducing us
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Four Professors help run PPE.
Andrew Mason (Politics and
International Studies)
PPE Director of Studies
Began as a philosopher,
became a political theorist.
Interested in justice,
citizenship, and community.
Andrew Reeve (Politics and
International Studies)
PPE senior tutor.
Began with PPE at Oxford,
became a political theorist.
Interested in theories of
property, exploitation and

Fabienne Peter (Philosophy).
Will give the taster lecture at
3:00 pm.
Began as an economist,
became a political
Interested in justice, political
legitimacy, and democracy
Mark Harrison (Economics).
Thats me!
Began as an economist,
became an economic
Interested in lying, cheating,
stealing, and spying.
Maureen Tod (PPE Office)
Katherine Shipton (PPE Society President).
Michael Youlton (Student Admission and Recruitment) at 4:00 pm.

Our schedule today
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1:00 Introduction to
PPE at Warwick
With three PPE convenors and Katherine
Shipton (PPE Society).
2:00 Campus tour

With a student guide.
3:00 Taster lecture

With Prof. Fabienne Peter.
4:00 Q&A With Fabienne, Michael Youlton
(Admission and Recruitment), and me.
What is PPE?
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics have been
taught together in Britain since the 1920s.
First university to offer this course was Oxford;
today PPE is offered by many excellent
From UK, France, and Germany to North America,
China, Japan, and Australia.
Among them Warwick.
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What is PPE?
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics can all be studied
When you combine them in one programme, there are two
models: bridge and pillar.
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The Oxford PPE follows
a pillar model with three
separate elements.
The Warwick PPE follows
a bridge model that
seeks to cross the gaps.
What is PPE?
The module Principles of Political Economy
illustrates Warwicks bridge model
Core module of the final year.
Taught by members of staff from all three
Integrates study of all three disciplines.
Focuses on the global political economy.
Topics have included global justice, development,
globalization and international trade, global
governance, and aid and humanitarian interventions.
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Who takes PPE?
Across three years of study we currently have 262
undergraduates (one third female) from 30 countries.
PPE is an international experience.
Top Ten by number (after UK): India, Singapore, China,
Germany, France, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Pakistan, Russia.
Demand for PPE is strong.
Annually we get around 900 applications.
We make around 400 offers.
We fill around 100 places.
Strong demand for places is tough for applicants.
But reflects the fact that Warwick PPE is a valuable
qualification when you leave.
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Where do they go?
PPE a highly respected degree.
Most posts open to any discipline, so Warwicks
reputation also counts strongly.
At our largest careers fair, 82% of employers recruited
from any degree.
Warwick is ranked first for graduate recruiters
Daily Telegraph survey, January 2013
Warwick is ranked top Russell Group university for
careers advice.
International Student Barometer 2013, an independent
survey of student opinion
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Data for 2007/08 to 2009/11 N %
Warwick PPE graduates 227
Survey respondents 164 164/227 = 72% of all graduates
Where do they go?
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Data for 2007/08 to 2009/11 N %
Warwick PPE graduates 227
Survey respondents 164 164/227 = 72% of all graduates
Available for work or study 158
Actually in work or study 149 149/158 = 94% of all available
Data for 2007/08 to 2010/11 N %
Warwick PPE graduates 227
Survey respondents 164 164/227 = 72% of all graduates
Available for work or study 158
Actually in work or study 149 149/158 = 94% of all available
Working 61
Studying 57
Working and studying 24
In work or study at graduate level 130 130/149 = 87% of all in work or study
Where do they go?
Employers included:
Babcock International; Bank of America; Bloomberg;
Christian Aid; Deloitte; Full Fact (journalism); House
of Commons; Liberal Democrats; McKinsey; PwC;
Royal Bank of Scotland; Schroders; Solutions for
Retail Brands; UBS.
Median salary 2011 (18 respondents): 26k
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Where do they go?
Of those going on to further study:
Taught Master's programme: 60%
Postgraduate diploma: 20%
PG diplomas often lead to a taught Master's in a related subject.
Professional qualification: 10%.
Masters programmes:
Either at highly ranked UK institutions (Imperial College London,
London School of Economics, Oxford, University College London,
Or overseas, e.g. Sciences-Po (Sciences Politiques de Paris).
Typically in:
Economics, development studies, finance, philosophy, history,
management, international security, European or international
political economy, political thought or political science, public
administration, and public policy.
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What does Warwick offer?
Three PPE Departments.
All strong in both research and teaching.
All run their own more specialized programmes too.
All three are large:
Well resourced administratively.
Support a specialized PPE Office.
Scope to cover all main fields of discipline.
All are close neighbours in the Social Sciences
We talk to each other a lot.
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What does Warwick offer?
Year 1 is a qualifying year: Pass to proceed.
There are core (compulsory) modules.
Introduction to Philosophy.
Introduction to Politics.
Economics 1: micro- and macroeconomics.
Quantitative Techniques: maths and statistics.
An optional subject.

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What does Warwick offer?
Choose first-year option from a list.
Provided within the three departments:
Philosophy: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy; Ideas of
Politics: World Politics + four new modules in 2013
(Contemporary Themes in Comparative Politics;
Foundations of Political Economy; Justice, Democracy &
Citizenship; Nine International Security Ideas).
Economics: World Economy: History and Theory; The
Industrial Economy; Mathematics for Economists.
Others provided by other departments in Social
Sciences or Arts, including a language.
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What does Warwick offer?
After the first year there are several pathways.
At Foundation (year 1) level, PPE combines all three
At Honours level (years 2 and 3), you can focus:
On all three disciplines or, at a first approximation, drop one.
More or less on quantitative methods used in economics.
Six pathways:
Tripartite (all three).
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Econ major/Phil.
Econ major/Pol.
core QM
ciples Options
Year 2 2 or 3 2 2 3 2 and 3
Tripartite BA
What does Warwick offer?
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No one drops any discipline altogether.
The final year Principles core has three units: Phil/Pol, Phil/Econ, Pol/Econ.
In Principles, everyone must do two units out of three.
core QM
ciples Options
Year 2 2 or 3 2 2 3 2 and 3
Tripartite BA
Phil/Pol BA
Phil/Econ BA
Pol/Econ BA
core QM
ciples Options
Year 2 2 or 3 2 2 3 2 and 3
Tripartite BA
Phil/Pol BA
Phil/Econ BA
Pol/Econ BA
Econ major/Phil BSc
Econ major/Pol BSc
What does Warwick offer?
Academic support: Lectures.
Usually two per week in each module, attended by all students taking the
Small discussion groups with a tutor, usually once per week or fortnight in
each module.
Regular assessment.
Essays, tests, projects, exams, final-year dissertation.
PPE student-staff liaison committee.
Private study and self-motivation are vital.
University services.
Library and library-supported Learning Grids (24/7 space for group work).
Library-supported study space in Leamington.
Excellent careers advice and skills provision.
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What does Warwick offer?
Study abroad: PPE students have access to links established by all three
three PPE departments.
Erasmus programme:
Adds a year of study abroad between Years 2 and 3.
Graduate after four years in PPE with study abroad.
Austria (Salzburg, Vienna), Belgium (UFSI, Antwerp), France (IEP Aix,
Bordeaux, Grenoble, Paris; CU Lille; Sciences Po, Paris; Paris-Sorbonne;
Dijon); Germany (Humboldt, Berlin; Jena; Koln; Konstanz; Munich), Italy
(CU Milan; Pavia; Rome III; Venice); Netherlands (Amsterdam), Norway
(Bergen), Spain (Autonoma Barcelona; Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona;
Autonoma Madrid; Carlos III Madrid; UC Madrid).
Exchange programmes (Politics and Philosophy only).
Study abroad during Year 2, mirroring the Warwick Year 2 programme.
Graduate after three years.
Canada (Queens University Ontario), China (City University of Hong Kong),
USA (Georgetown, Washington DC; University of California; U. of
Wisconsin-Madison, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).
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What does Warwick offer?
Pastoral support.
See your Personal Tutor at least once a term.
PPE director of studies and senior tutor also
PPE Society organizes student mentors.
University services.
Senior Tutor.
Student Counsellors.
Student Union advice service.

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What qualities do you need?
A capacity for self-discipline and perseverance.
Set your own goals and work towards them.
Willing to take on new subjects.
Manage discomfort of unfamiliar ways of thinking.
If youre not confused, youre not learning.
Solving an economic model for equilibrium one week.
Parsing moral dilemmas the next.
Conceptualizing democracy the week after that.
Willingness to ignore intellectual boundaries.
Ultimately all knowledge is one.
Why Warwick is a university, not a multiversity.

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What qualities do you need?
Numeracy as well as literacy.
No one takes pride in illiteracy.
But there are already lots of clever people that dont do maths.
Why is maths useful in PPE?
Abstract thinking.
Logical proof.
What data do and do not show.
The compulsory maths is generally simple and we dont
require A-level.
But you do need to be comfortable with it.
Not to see solving simple problems as drudgery.
If maths is a drag or a barrier, PPE may not be for you.

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How much will it cost?
Tuition fees: New full time Home and EU students
currently pay 9,000 per year.
Fees are payable for each year of your course.
Partial fees for an intercalated year or year abroad.
New International students: 18,390 per year.
Home and EU students do not have to find this money up
Eligible for a tuition fee loan for each year of your course from
Student Finance England .
Repayable once you earn 21,000 or more.
Written off after 30 years.
If your studies do not lead to the income stream you hope
for, the government bears the risk.
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How much will it cost?
Living costs: We estimate 156 to 250 a week for 39 week
academic year 6,000 to 10,000.
Exactly how much depends on you!
All Home students are eligible for loans towards living costs,
available from the Government.
Repayable once you earn 21,000 or more.
Some Home students will be eligible for means-tested non-
repayable grants, available from both the Government and the
Non-repayable Warwick bursaries are based on annual family
25,000 or less 2,500
25,001 to 36,000 1,500
36,001 to 42,600 500

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How much will it cost?
Income Loan Grant
Bursary Total Weekly
25,000 or less 3,875 3,250 2,500 9,625 247
62,500 and above
Income Loan Grant
Bursary Total Weekly
25,000 or less 3,875 3,250 2,500 9,625 247
30,000 4,330 2,341 1,500 8,171 210
35,000 4,784 1,432 1,500 7,716 198
40,000 5,239 523 500 6,262 161
42,600 5,475 50 500 6,025 154
42,601 5,500 0 0 5,500 141
50,000 4,788 0 0 4,788 123
55,000 4,288 0 0 4,288 110
60,000 3,788 0 0 3,788 97
62,500 and above 3,575 0 0 3,575 92
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Summary of support for Home students living costs:
How much will it cost?
Further information:
From the university
From the government

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Questions only you can answer
Do you want to study PPE?
If so, do you want to come to Warwick?
Some things to consider:
Numeracy as well as literacy.
PPE versus more specialized courses.
Campus university versus city university.
Midlands versus other regions.
Now Im going to pass the baton to Katherine
Shipton (PPE Society).

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