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.

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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 17th, 2020 Introductory Meeting (Mandatory)
Room B225
Institute of Philosophy, Unitobler
This meeting is mandatory for all PLEP beginners. We will go over the study program and answer any questions you may have. After the meeting we will take a brief tour of the Unitobler campus.
February 17th, 2020 Welcome Apéro
Philosophy Institute Kitchen
Following the Introductory Meeting, all PLEP students (new and current) are invited for snacks and drinks which makes this a great opportunity to meet your fellow PLEP students as well as students from the MA Philosophy program.
Appointments available February 18th & 19th Individual Study Consultations (Mandatory)
Room B225 Each new student will meet with Kelly Tuke personally to review their individual course of study, and choose a semester course plan. These meetings will take place in the first week of the semester (Feb. 18th & 19th). Please schedule a meeting 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.