PPLE is a three-year programme that has been allocated 180 ECTS credits. All courses are allocated 6 credits, adding up to a total of 60 credits per year.
The programme consists of four main components:
- The core curriculum consisting of eight interdisciplinary courses, four integrative seminars and four methodological courses, which are compulsory for all students of the PPLE (108 credits)
- Courses in the student's chosen specialisation and the Bachelor’s thesis (60 credits)
- The Talent Development Programme
- Additional electives (12 credits)
Teaching, learning and coaching
PPLE offers learning opportunities that combine the latest technology with solid educational practices. Students are exposed to diverse teaching methods such as:
- Lectures - a general introduction to the main subjects for all first-year students which comprises 40% of all contact hours
- Tutorials - in-depth discussions on lectures and literature, organised in small groups of maximum 17 students
- Practical assignments - interdisciplinary modules, evolving around problem-based learning in which students will do assignments, write papers and give presentations in small groups of approximately 14 students
- Assessments - conducted in the form of written examinations, papers, presentations or a combination of all three
Talent Development Programme
In the Talent Development Programme (TDP), students apply their academic background directly in business and society, and develop professional skills.
PPLE students have several possibilities to include a study abroad experience in their programme. This can be either a full semester exchange or a short term by attending a summer school abroad. PPLE students can choose from a variety of destinations, ranging from the University of Toronto to the University of Melbourne and from the National University of Singapore to Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, as part of the Global Exchange programme of the UvA. PPLE is currently also attracting its own partners, mainly from Europe, so as to facilitate Erasmus exchange.
The application process is competitive, and students are selected based on motivation and grades.