Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Become an all-round leader in the 21st century

Shaping the world's future

Leiders in het bedrijfsleven, de politiek en de academische wereld hebben meer en meer te maken met complexe maatschappelijke vraagstukken die niet meer vanuit één invalshoek zijn op te lossen. Bij de unieke VU-opleiding Philosophy, Politics and Economics leer je de samenleving te doorgronden vanuit verschillende invalshoeken en maak je gebruik van de analytische instrumenten uit de filosofie, economie en politiek. PPE biedt je al met al de benodigde vaardigheden en kennis voor een leidinggevende functie. De opleiding heeft een sterk internationaal karakter, waarbij Engels de voertaal is.

PPE at VU Amsterdam is the first program of its kind in continental Europe, combining a focused curriculum with exchange opportunities with international partner institutions and exciting and unique extracurricular initiatives involving representatives from the world of business, policy or politics. It is a multidisciplinary study program that combines the strengths of its three fields and places a special emphasis on incorporating the different perspectives of its constituent disciplines. The program provides rigorous theoretical training and broad, hands-on experience that will enable you to take an active role in shaping the world’s future.

John Stuart Mill College

PPE is the programme we offer, the John Stuart Mill College provides the intellectual and social community of which you will become part while you study PPE. This community consists of students, junior and senior lecturers/researchers, guest lecturers (visiting professors from abroad and people from practice) and people participating in or contributing to extracurricular activities. In order to facilitate community life, the John Stuart Mill College has its own housing on the VU campus. For more information see http://vu-ppe.nl

Future leaders looking further

The PPE program originated at Oxford University in the 1900s. Since then, many PPE programs have been developed at leading universities in the US, the UK and beyond. VU Amsterdam is the first university in mainland Europe to offer a comprehensive PPE program of this size at Bachelor’s level. You will benefit from our personal atmosphere and interaction with our dedicated and innovative teachers, many of whom have previous experience lecturing in multidisciplinary PPE programs throughout the world. We offer a challenging program with easy access to university facilities, while remaining close to the vibrant heart of Amsterdam.

Do you see yourself as a future leader? Come to a taster day

Do you enjoy studying and discussing current affairs and the economic and political decision-making that you have been reading about? And do you have strong social and intellectual skills? Then we would like to meet you at one of our taster days.

Zegel Topopleiding 2018

A degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics can open many doors for you. Whether you choose to continue your studies or move directly into a career in the world of business or politics, or do something entirely different, PPE will equip you as a leader with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to address the emerging issues of the 21st century.

Many students begin their careers in administration or politics, and PPE will equip you for a career as a lobbyist, politician, or consultant. It also prepares students for exciting positions in ‘third sector’ organisations such as NGOs, national charities, and think tanks.

Likewise, if you are interested in a career in business, a Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree will give you an educational background that will make you attractive to employers in management consulting, banking and other financial institutions, as well as management positions in a range of commercial enterprises.

If you are considering further education, a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics will qualify you to enroll in a number of Master’s programmes. If you choose the Philosophy or Political Science tracks, you will be eligible for all specializations in the (English language) MA program in Philosophy and the MSc program in Political Science, respectively. If you choose the Economics track, you will be qualified for the MSc in Economics (although this depends partly on the electives that you choose during your Bachelor’s degree).

In order to be admissible, you must have a Dutch pre-university school diploma (VWO) or an equivalent qualification. You need to have a diploma with ‘Mathematics A’ or ‘Mathematics B’ (or an equivalent thereof) and also need proof of proficiency in English. Whether or not you will actually be offered a place in our programme will depend on your:

  • grade point average (GPA)
  • motivation and suitability to study an intensive programme like our PPE programme;
  • commitment to contribute to the College’s international student and campus life

The latter two will be determined based on your CV and your answer to our assessment questions, and possibly an additional interview (over Skype in case of international applicants). The selection committee evaluates your application file as a whole, considering all these factors. If in doubt whether you meet the admission requirements, you can always contact our student advisor (see contact information).

PPE applicants are required to take a proficiency test of the English language and submit their scores before August 1, 2018. Applicants who have completed their education in Canada, the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia are exempted from this requirement, as are those who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programmes only). If you cannot provide us with a positive score yet, please register for a recognized English language test. We will accept IELTS tests, Cambridge tests, TOEFL tests and IB Certificates.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to our PPE programme is:
•    IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.5 for each of the four components)
•    TOEFL iBT 100 (min. 22 for each component)
•    TOEFL paper-based test: 600
•    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): grade A or B
•    Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or higher
•    IB Certificate: English B grade 6 HL, or 7 SL, English A HL grade 5, or SL 6

Some of these language tests loose validity after two years. The TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed not later than two years before 1 September of the year in which you start the PPE programme. For TOEFL and IELTS, the Test Institute of the TOEFL and IELTS tests can forward the results directly to our office. The institutional TOEFL code of VU is 7947.
Students living in the Netherlands can also register for a TOEFL-ITP exam offered by the VU Taalloket. The test costs €80 , however it is only valid for admission to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Useful links
www.ielts.org
www.toefl.org
www.cambridgeenglish.org
If in doubt whether you meet the mathematics entry requirements, you can consult the procedure description for Colloquium Doctum, or contact our student advisor (see contact information).

Matching
There's no need to participate in an additional matching activity after you have successfully completed our selection process and have been accepted to our programme.

All applicants must start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl portal. You will then receive an e-mail inviting you to complete your application in the VU student portal, where you will also be asked to submit all documentation needed for the admission procedure.

All applicants will be asked to submit:
•    Certified copy of your diploma (can also be provided after conditional admission)
•    Transcript of grades over the final two years of your final education up to the moment of application.
•    Proof of English proficiency (if available, can also be provided after conditional admission)
•    Your CV (max. 1 page)
•    Download and complete the PPE assessment form (max. 1500 words) – you can upload this format on the spot where you can add a motivation letter to your application
•    Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only)

Ready to apply?
Great! The application procedure starts in the Studielink.nl portal.
Our early bird application deadline is February 15, 2018. We aim to inform you within two weeks whether you are (conditionally) accepted or rejected, or whether an additional interview is needed before we can make our decision. From February 20 onwards, we will continue to process incoming applications until all available places are filled.

Questions? Get in touch with us:

Contact Eva MeijerinK Eva Meijerink
Academic advisor PPE
Email: info.ppe@vu.nl



Bachelor and Taster days
Join us on the Bachelor's day on February 10, 2018.
A Taster day will be organized on February 14, 2018.

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The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme is a three-year degree. The academic year at VU Amsterdam is divided into two semesters. The first year of the PPE programme begins with an introduction to PPE, which covers the themes, methods, and primary theories. In the remaining two periods of the first semester, you will take introductory courses in each of the programme’s foundation disciplines (philosophy, political science and economics), as well as a course on PPE methodology. The second semester includes additional foundation courses and a second methodological course in statistics. In the last part of the first year, will take your first interdisciplinary PPE in Practice course, which brings together the theory and methods you have acquired so far.

For more information see the study guide

At the beginning of the second year you will choose two of the three PPE disciplines to specialize in (if you wish to complete an additional 24 ECs, you can take all three tracks). You will take two courses in each of your chosen tracks, as well as four electives in those areas and two integrative PPE in Practice courses.

In the third year of the PPE programme, the emphasis will shift to preparing you for your future academic studies and careers beyond academia. During the fifth semester of your studies, you may choose either to pursue your studies at one of our partner institutions, or to complete an internship. During the final semester you will complete two large-scale projects: the PPE thesis and the final PPE in Practice course. You will work in groups to produce professional quality policy briefs. These briefs will be honed using input from your peers in the programme’s ‘Policy Lab’. Also during this semester, you will incorporate the experience that you have gained through your studies abroad and your internship with the skills acquired throughout the programme in order to produce professional quality research and policy projects.

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme is a three-year degree. The academic year at VU Amsterdam is divided into two semesters. The first year of the PPE programme begins with an introduction to PPE, which covers the themes, methods, and primary theories. In the remaining two periods of the first semester, you will take introductory courses in each of the programme’s foundation disciplines (philosophy, political science and economics), as well as a course on PPE methodology. The second semester includes additional foundation courses and a second methodological course in statistics. In the last part of the first year, will take your first interdisciplinary PPE in Practice course, which brings together the theory and methods you have acquired so far.

For more information see the study guide

At the beginning of the second year you will choose two of the three PPE disciplines to specialize in (if you wish to complete an additional 24 ECs, you can take all three tracks). You will take two courses in each of your chosen tracks, as well as four electives in those areas and two integrative PPE in Practice courses.

In the third year of the PPE programme, the emphasis will shift to preparing you for your future academic studies and careers beyond academia. During the fifth semester of your studies, you may choose either to pursue your studies at one of our partner institutions, or to complete an internship. During the final semester you will complete two large-scale projects: the PPE thesis and the final PPE in Practice course. You will work in groups to produce professional quality policy briefs. These briefs will be honed using input from your peers in the programme’s ‘Policy Lab’. Also during this semester, you will incorporate the experience that you have gained through your studies abroad and your internship with the skills acquired throughout the programme in order to produce professional quality research and policy projects.

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Samenvatting Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Aanmelden Voor

1 mei 2018

StartDatum

1 september 2018

Vorm

Voltijd

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Interessegebied

Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Filosofie
Gedrag en Maatschappij