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Philosophy, Politics and Economics


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During this intensive, small-scale, selective bachelor's programme, you will benefit from a truly interdisciplinary programme that applies politics, philosophy, and economics directly to public policy issues in practice.

Through studying PPE at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will cover not just core courses in the three disciplines, but you will also learn to apply those disciplines to challenging social themes like climate change, welfare policies, ethics of markets, or the formation of political coalitions. Plus, you will master mathematical theories and methods in order to improve your analytical thinking. 

The programme is truly international in its orientation: 50% of the students who follow PPE come from abroad, and all students have a very international outlook on life. That's important, given that almost all PPE students take one semester at a partner university abroad - whether in the US, Europe, Asia or South Africa.




Bachelor of Science


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

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Application requirements

The following subjects demonstrate sufficient proficiency:

  • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics SL or HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL or HL.
  • UK: A-level in Mathematics completed with a grade A, B or C.
  • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife including Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics eA/Leistungsfach
  • For further international examples you can check our PPE diploma list.
  • VWO level mathematics A entrance test

We are looking for a Grade Point Average on your secondary school diploma that is equivalent to ≥ 7.0 in the Dutch grading system. If you have not graduated yet you can receive a conditional offer; we then calculate your GPA over the final two years of your secondary education at the moment of applying. In its assessment, the Admission Board will put special focus on grades obtained for relevant courses such as economics, mathematics, philosophy and politics. 

Whether or not you will actually be offered a place in our programme will depend on your 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.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band
TOEFL internet based
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 1 May '26 1 Apr '26


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Main address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

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