University of East Anglia
Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year BA (Hons)
University of East Anglia

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 130 graduates of Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year BA (Hons) and other courses in Economics at University of East Anglia for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Economics.

Overall student satisfaction
82 /100
130 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Economics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Economics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £33500 £42500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £35000 £26000 - £40500 £31000 - £51000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Economics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27884 £27717 £35530
25-75 percentile range £23465 - £32837 £21492 - £35900 £25913 - £47649

Course Description


By combining the study of philosophy, politics and economics you can ask how things should be, why they are as they are, and how to change them for the better. On BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year, you’ll gain high-level training in economic science while exploring political and philosophical approaches to understanding human behaviour. In your third year, you'll spend nine to 12 months on a full-time placement, gaining invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice. This course combines the ideological with the practical, and equips you with excellent skills in research, communication and decision-making that you can use across any number of careers, including economic analysis, policy advising, think tanks and international organisations, the Civil Service, and even banking and finance.

About This Course

This course will give you the chance to pursue a spectrum of interests. You'll learn to analyse a given economic, political or social problem using tools and concepts from economics, political science and philosophy, applying and combining these different perspectives to derive new insights. You'll learn about the core areas of economics, as well as studying philosophical topics such as scepticism, freedom and morality, and exploring social and political values such as equality and solidarity.

You’ll be based in the School of Economics, and you’ll be taught also in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.

Combining your course with a placement year, you'll typically spend between 9 and 12 months of your third year in a full-time placement. Although you'll be expected to secure your own work placement, dedicated staff within the School and the Careers Service will support and assist you throughout the process of searching, applying for, and ultimately gaining a position. Furthermore, support will also be provided whilst you are on placement and when you return to complete your studies in your fourth (final) year.

You’ll receive the best support and guidance through a dedicated module called STEPS (Skills, Training, Employability, Progression, and Support) running throughout your course, as well as through your academic adviser. A university-wide Learning Enhancement team is also on hand to help you with mathematics, writing, critical-thinking, revision, and time management skills.

Our teaching and assessment provide you with a curriculum that develops and enhances your employability relevant skills and attributes. The course’s syllabus is rich in real world examples and with opportunities for you to experience how the subject and its methods are applied. Guest lectures from graduate employers also contribute to the content of some of our modules. To develop and enhance your employability even further, our employability team organises a wide variety of events, such as: weekly employability workshops, networking and alumni events, one-on-one meetings with top professionals, job coaching and training, nationwide competitions, internships and consulting opportunities, mentoring by former alumni, among many others.

The student-led Economics Society is the perfect place for you to network and socialise with fellow students, whilst our Staff-Student Liaison Committee gives you a say in the future direction and everyday running of the School. The Norwich Economic Publications (a combination of a journal and a Podcast run by students) and the ECO Blog are outlets where you can share your enthusiasm about what you study.

In the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies you’ll enjoy a lively social and academic environment which plays host each year to a large number of talks by visiting politicians and philosophers.


Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year BA (Hons) at University of East Anglia

25% Elementary occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Natural and social science professionals
10% Administrative occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
0% Media Professionals
0% Administrative occupations

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Economics

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each component)

IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in each component)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a Placement Year BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £20600 year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of East Anglia in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of East Anglia in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #15 
    • #20 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #24 
    • #33 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #27 
    • #201 
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 27 October, 2023]
    • #33 
    • #201 
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

See all 29 university rankings of University of East Anglia

About University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a government funded research university located in Norwich, England. The university operates from a single campus site which includes the Norwich Research Park and the Bob Champion Research and Education Building, as well a 24-hour library, a concert and gig venue, and the on-campus accommodation.

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