PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) is an undergraduate programme (180 ECTS credits), which can be completed in two and a half years or three years. Gifted students, or students who have completed a part of a degree elsewhere, may finish the programme in two years. Students can only be admitted to the programme if they have finished the Icelandic matriculation examination (stúdentspróf) or have an equivalent educational background.
PPE is a cross-disciplinary programme covering three subjects: philosophy, politics, and economics. Students complete a minimum of 36 credits in each of the three subjects. During the second and third year of study, they have the opportunity to acquire some specialisation in one subject.
The programme stresses that the three disciplines should strengthen each other and as a whole improve students' ability to deal with a range of practical and theoretical problems. The programme is good preparation for graduate work in the humanities and social sciences, but emphasis on practical training also focuses on the needs of society and industry.
PPE is offered as a distance-learning programme, as well as for students on-site. The distance learning programme is taught entirely in Icelandic. The on-site programme is taught in Icelandic the first year, but after that in English. The BA thesis, which each student has to complete in order to graduate, can be written in either English or Icelandic. Classes begin in September.
Ms. Brynhildur S. Björnsdóttir an undergraduate from Bifröst University took a seat in parliament on March 24th 2014 for the political party Björt framtíð. She is the first individual with a BA degree in PPE to take a seat in the Icelandic parliament Althingi.