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 program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) offers this interdisciplinary approach. The program 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 program.
What will you learn? The program 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.
Attractions of PPE in Groningen
Talent grants and tuition waivers
We offer two grants of €5000 to the most talented non-EU/EEA applicants.
Non-EU/EEA students will receive a tuition waiver of 50%.
Why study this program in Groningen?
This program has been rated exceptionally high by our students in the national student satisfaction survey NSE: our program received the highest overall rating out of all Master programs in the Netherlands. The average overall score came to 4.9 out of 5!
PPE should be more than the addition of P, P, and E. Rather than studying the three disciplines separately, the PPE master's program in Groningen is unique in teaching PPE as a genuinely integrative discipline. Moreover, our program offers a distinctive combination of theory and practice: you will learn to apply theories and methods to policy issues.
We combine a thorough interdisciplinary PPE foundation with ample opportunities for specialization. Our core courses and policy seminars provide the foundation, and our wide range of electives allow you to delve deeper into one or more of the disciplinary fields.
Our instructors are of top international quality. The Faculty of Philosophy, for example, is ranked as the best place to study philosophy in the Netherlands. Our small class sizes allow us to provide a close personalized approach, and a personal mentor will guide you through your studies.