The NUS Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme


If you are applying to read PPE at the point of admissions to NUS, please submit your application essay here. For more information, see this. (Submit your application essay by 22 March 2019. If you are applying for early admission to enter NUS, submit your application essay by 1 February 2019.)

Update 9 April 2019: The application period for 2019 is over. You will be notified by the Office of Admissions on whether your application is successful.

Update 24 June 2019: FASS students in Cohort 2018 applying to enter the programme should submit your application here. As you may not be able to access ModuleRec (to select modules) if you don’t have a major declared, please apply by 14 July 2019 so that we can add you in time for the opening of this year’s module selection period.


Update 11 July 2019: ModRec will open 25 July 2019. FASS students in Cohort 2018 who submitted applications to the PPE major in time will have your major status reflected in the system by then. For Direct Entry PPE students in Cohort 2019, someone in admin will confirm with you by email regarding your specialization.


In this increasingly complex modern world, many of the issues that affect society are multidimensional in nature. The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) aims to develop students’ critical, applied and strategic thinking skills. These skills are crucial in the workplace of the future, where more emphasis will be placed on the ability to analyse situations from multiple perspectives and to develop creative and effective solutions.

Students in PPE will encounter a curated suite of multi-purpose intellectual tools from Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics, three well-established disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. They will also achieve a degree of depth in a discipline of their choice, while being introduced to cross-disciplinary integration through modules designed to utilise insights and methods from across the three fields in classes bringing together PPE students from different specialisations.

The programme is flexible and can be enriched with other special academic opportunities including the University Scholars Programme, Residential Colleges, NUS Overseas College, Student Exchange Programmes, a second major or minor in other domains, and internships.

Graduates of the PPE programme can look forward to careers in a myriad of industries, including banking and finance, business analysis, journalism, politics, public service, social work, and research.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
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