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Philosophy Political Science Economics and Sociology

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 34 places ; CAO points: 554 (2018) ; CAO code: TR015

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  • Philosophy Political Science Economics and Sociology 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1840

    ppes@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    What is P.P.E.S.?

    Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (P.P.E.S.), offers a coherent and integrated introduction to the study of social sciences and philosophy. It brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding society and, in doing so, develops skills for a whole range of future careers and activities.

    Central to the programme is the analysis of social and human phenomena through the lens of several complementary disciplines and analytical frameworks. By allowing a gradual specialisation over the course of the four-year degree programme, students ultimately obtain an excellent grounding in one, or at most two, of the disciplines which comprise the course.

    Particularly appealing is the complementarity across the P.P.E.S. disciplines. For example, while the well-publicised rise in inequality has economic origins, it has political and sociological ramifications. Moreover, the question of whether to address it is ultimately a philosophical one. A training in PPES enables students to analyse such issues rigorously and comprehensively. As such, it provides an excellent training in analytical thinking, a skill highly prized by employers.

    P.P.E.S.: The course for you?

    Drawing on the methods and insights from philosophy and the social sciences, the course examines the way societies are organised, governed and create wealth. If you are curious about the way our world is structured and how it has evolved over time, this may well be the course for you.

    A great strength of P.P.E.S. is its flexibility and the way it facilitates a range of possible subject concentrations and career trajectories. Even within disciplines there is a wide range of subject offerings. While all students attain a broad training in their first two years, the final two years allow students to cater the programme to their own strengths and interests. Depending on your interests, by your third year you could be either analysing exchange rate movements or Plato’s Republic---or indeed doing both! Few courses anywhere offer such scope and diversity.

    P.P.E.S. at Trinity

    Trinity College is the only university in the Republic of Ireland that offers this broad combination of subjects in a single programme. Other institutions, including Trinity, offer two subject combinations such as Economics and Political Science or Economics and Philosophy, but P.P.E.S. offers the opportunity to study these four fascinating subjects together. Following the first two years, the programme facilitates two years of greater specialisation in either one or two of the subjects. At Trinity, we have world-class teachers and researchers who are committed to providing rigorous, interesting and challenging courses.

    Do you enjoy:

    • Analysing social, economic, and political issues?
    • Developing your own arguments and theories?
    • Formulating your own policy proposals?

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    With technology increasingly replacing routine tasks, employers today value the ability to think creatively and to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. A key strength of PPES is it provides students with such a training. Having studied a number of disciplines and developed numerous analytical skills, this degree confers the insights and skills to pursue careers in a variety of areas including public administration, teaching, journalism, media, law and management. Moreover, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology (P.P.E.S.) also offers the opportunity to specialise and target certain career paths. Students specialising in economics, for instance, can pursue careers in finance, consulting, and public policy. Testifying to its breadth, graduates have pursued a variety of career paths after graduation. Recent graduates have found careers in such varied workplaces as Accenture, Augustus Cullen Law, Channel 4, Bank of Ireland, Deloitte, the Irish Central Bank, Greenpeace, and RTE. The link below gives information on the career paths taken by our graduates. www.tcd.ie/careers/resources/publications

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    First year

    In first year you will take all four subjects: Economics, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology.

    Second year

    In second year you can choose to continue with one, two or three of the subjects and could, for example, take modules ranging from Intermediate Economics, to the History of Philosophy to International Politics, to an Introduction to Social Theory.

    Third and fourth years

    In third year you can take three of the four subjects, or one or two of the four subjects and modules from a range of approved modules and Trinity Electives.

    In the fourth year you may choose to take one or two subjects and can exit with a Single Honors, Major with Minor or Joint Honors award. All Students will complete a capstone project in their final year. Module Descriptors for all four years of the programme can be found on the PPES website: www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes/current/course-structure/moduleoutlines

    Study abroad

    In third year, students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a prestigious European university with the EU-funded Erasmus programme. In addition to Erasmus programmes in Europe, the Departments also have bilateral links with leading universities across the world. Our exchange programmes are highly successful, and are an extremely popular option for P.P.E.S. students each year. Participating students find that they are hugely enjoyable, academically and culturally rewarding, and appeal to prospective employers. Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes/current/study-abroad

    Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes/current/study-abroad

    Module Descriptors for all four years of the programme can be found on the P.P.E.S. website: www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes/current/course-structure/module-outlines/

    What our graduates say

    Hannah Treanor 

    “When researching courses during my final year of secondary school, it was the P.P.E.S. degree which struck a chord with me. The small class size, range of subjects and the fact that it was the only course of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, made P.P.E.S. stand out. Within the first few weeks, I knew I had made the right decision, having found a set of like-minded individuals who consistently helped balance academic pressures with humour and encouragement. 

    The range of courses offered on the course, overlapped much more than expected, while still providing a good insight into what each field entailed. This coupled with the opportunities afforded to me by Trinity, including spending a year studying at McGill University in Canada, along with college society involvement, has meant that my experience studying P.P.E.S. has been an absolute joy, equipping me with the desired broad skillset essential in the pursuit of both career aspirations and further study.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    554 (2018)

    Number of Places

    34

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR015

    Minimum entry points required are 554 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    O4/H6

    Mathematics

    GCSE:

    Grade B

    Mathematics

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Philosophy Political Science Economics and Sociology 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1840

    ppes@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/ssp/undergraduate/ppes