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Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Groningen

 

Does globalization 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 analyze 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.


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Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Groningen

 

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.

 

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


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Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Groningen

 

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

Our alumni find jobs in the following fields and for the following employers:

Fields: (Corporate Social Responsibility) consultancy; strategy consultancy, data science, funding, public affairs.
 

Employers: Government departments, NGOs, embassies, university networks, sustainable investment companies, intergovernmental organizations.


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Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Groningen

 

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

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

 

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.

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.
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. They will then follow up with their mentor on these issues once the programme starts.

The application deadline for starting on 1 September is 1 May of the same year.


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Business & Economics, Humanities, Social Sciences

Degree

MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Eocnomics

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Business & Economics, Humanities, Social Sciences

Degree

MSc in Philosophy, Politics and Eocnomics

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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