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What will I learn?

Explore three of the most important fields in shaping our understanding of society, Canadian public policy, and the world. You'll study a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare you for careers in business or government, to undertake studies in law, business, commerce, journalism, social work, education, or public administration.

A UBC degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world:

Philosophy, which teaches logic, ethics and how to question critically

Politics, which considers the interests and institutions that form public policies and the rules by which we are governed

Economics, which encompasses how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market

Placed together, these fields allow you to form a critical and informed basis to understand and interpret the world.

Experiential learning and research

At UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the annual Roger Watts Debates as part of a student team.

In your coursework, you have lots of research opportunities, especially in upper-level courses. You’ll have the option of two directed studies courses, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic, culminating in a major term paper.

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences also holds an annual Undergraduate Research Conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects. There are research award opportunities within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, as well as other merit-based cash awards available to you.

Campus features

UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. UBC Okanagan is home to several renowned experts in political science working with students and community stakeholders on some truly exciting research and community events. This includes the annual Roger Watts Debates and a recent symposium on Nuclear North Korea that brought in leading experts to share their views on one of today’s most critical global issues.

Which department am I in?

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $39,573.60 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,319.12
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,


British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Successful completion of the Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points including at least three Higher Level courses as well as additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Other English language requirements: CAE(Certificate in Advanced English ): Minimum score  of B; CAEL(Canadian Academic English Language assessment): Overall score  of 70; TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): ): Minimum score  of 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE); MELAB(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview): 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test; PTE(Pearson Test of English (Academic)): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60.

For international students

Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school: Higher Secondary School Certificate awarded on completion of Standard XII. Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

English Language Admission Standard: Canadian Academic English Language assessment - Overall 70; Cambridge English Qualifications – 180; UBC Certificate in English – 600; International English Language Testing System (Academic) - 6.5, with no part less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Overall: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60; Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test - Overall: 90, Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21.