Future prospects

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a classic combination, one which has proven its value over the past decades and which is well-known in countries like the UK and the USA. Whether graduates choose to continue their education or immediately start their carreer, a PPE degree opens many doors. Students who complete the PPE degree at the John Stuart Mill College, VU Amsterdam will be quipped as potential leaders who have the multi/interdisciplinary knowledge and skills need to address the merging problems of the 21st century.

Career prospects

PPE programmes in the UK and the USA, which have been around for quite some time, report that graduates move on into carreers in a wide range of fields:

  • Banking and finance
  • Politics
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Teaching
  • Community/social work
  • Business management and industry
  • Public administration
  • NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
  • Think tanks

The reason for this diversity is that a PPE degree does not prepare you for a specific vocation, but enables you to develop a broad yet selective knowledge base in combination with a set of valuable transferable skills, such as analytical and critical thinking. Another example of such a skill, one to which we pay extensive attention in our PPE in Practice courses, is your ability to write good policy briefs. See also the learning outcomes of our PPE programme.

Study prospects

Students who wish to pursue further education will be qualified to enroll in a number of master programmes, both at universities within the Netherlands and abroad. For example, within VU Amsterdam, our PPE graduates are – depending on their chosen specialization tracks – qualified for the following MA and MSc programmes: