Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy (PLEP)

The Master's Program in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy (PLEP) brings together students with backgrounds in Political Science, Law, Economics, and Philosophy to fundamentally explore topics in all of these areas from a philosophical perspective.

PLEP Logo: a crowd of people

Welcome New PLEP Students!

For those students starting this semester, there are a few things you might want to know:

  • Where and when to register for courses

  • How to organize and plan your studies

  • Expectations for course preparation and evaluation


To answer your questions, we will have a number of events during the first week of courses:

February 18th, 2019

Mandatory Welcome Event

Room B225

Introduction with program co-directors: Prof. Dr. Markus Stepanians and Prof. Dr. Anna Goppel


Brief tour of Unitobler campus with PLEP Study Advisor, Kelly Tuke

February 18th, 2019

Welcome Apéro

4:30pm- 6pm
Philosophy Institute Kitchen

Meet PLEP students at an informal gathering with drinks and snacks!

New students are required to make an appointment with Kelly Tuke for an individual study consultation. To register for an appointment, please do so via doodle.


If you have any additional questions please contact kelly.tuke@philo.unibe.ch

PLEP Factsheet: Official Information for Applications & Registration

For more information about applying to the PLEP, changing your registration status, important deadlines, and more, visit the PLEP Factsheet.

Special Courses and Events

The PLEP organizes a number of specialized events. Our PLEP Talk series invites an esteemed professor from abroad each semester for a lecture. Our PLEP Podium series brings philosophy to the public, inviting both academic and political speakers to discuss current issues. We also organize summer schools together with the University of Bochum in Germany and University of Graz in Austria, as well as compact courses, which are conducted in Bern every fall by renowned professors from abroad.

Career Prospects

PLEP students are well suited careers in government, non-profits, journalism, and more. Many students also chose to continue on to a PhD program. The PLEP program prepares students to be independent thinkers as well as highly skilled writers who are attentive to details in arguments and structured political debate.