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LSE launches new PPE degree

Westminster_140pLSE has now opened applications for a new, four-year undergraduate PPE degree which starts in October 2015, combining the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics for the first time.

The programme will offer an innovative, interdisciplinary approach by the world’s second ranked social science university to tackling major social and economic issues.

LSE’s BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics will differ from many other PPE programs by providing a thorough grounding in all three subjects and extensive training in interdisciplinary problem-solving.

Dr Alex Voorhoeve, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE and one of the key academics involved in delivering the new programme, said that students would devote the first three years of the degree to a comprehensive study of each area.

“In years 2 and 3, they will take part in cross-disciplinary research seminars and in the fourth year, students will deepen their knowledge of chosen subjects and take an interdisciplinary course on a series of pressing policy questions, with the option of working with a partnership organisation to apply their knowledge.”

“Our commitment to the sustained, in-depth study of all three disciplines and interdisciplinary study of key social issues sets apart our four-year BSc programme.

“LSE’s PPE programme will make the most of the School’s innovative teaching and assessment methods and students will be located in London’s political, economic and academic heart,” Dr Voorhoeve said.

Students undertaking the programme will tackle some of the following issues:

  • ethical questions around financial markets;
  • the best measures of economic and social progress;
  • the value of democratic institutions;
  • the limitations of social sciences in the policy making area

All students will get a taste of other subjects, including law, management and social policy, in the first two years through the multidisciplinary LSE100 course (‘Thinking like a Social Scientist’), and can elect to deepen their knowledge in these areas in their final year.

For more information about LSE’s new PPE degree go to: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/degreeProgrammes2015/philosophyLogicAndScientificMethod/L0V0_BSc_PPE.aspx

Notes for editors

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) studies the social sciences in their broadest sense, with an academic profile spanning a wide range of disciplines, from economics, politics and law, to sociology, information systems and accounting and finance.

The School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and is one of the most international universities in the world. Its study of social, economic and political problems focuses on the different perspectives and experiences of most countries. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe. Visit http://www.lse.ac.uk for more information.

LSE is ranked second in the world for Social Sciences in the QS World University rankings and sixth best university in the world for employer reputation.

Posted 24 September 2014