The DPIR offers two Politics joint-school degrees: you may choose to study Politics alongside History or apply to PPE to study Politics in conjunction with Philosophy and Economics. Regardless of the programme chosen, all first-year undergraduates on Politics degrees are introduced to major theoretical ideas about politics, examine how governments and institutions function in practice and attend a series of labs where they will use quantitative methods to investigate political questions. The second and third years of both degrees offer opportunities for further specialisation as students choose papers and build their degrees around their interests.

The admissions deadline for programmes starting in 2015-16 has now passed. The deadline for 2016-17 entry will be 15th October 2015. 

PPE

PPE seeks to bring together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world. It fosters intellectual capacities and develops skills useful for a wide range of careers and activities. The degree is constructed on the belief that the parallel study of related disciplines significantly adds dimensions of understanding and perspective.  "There are three things that are special about studying at Oxford: (i) the amazing resources we have access to, (ii) the unique opportunity to debate the topic you’ve just read about with a world-class expert as well as fellow students, and (iii) the passion that so many people around you have for their course." Sixtine d’Angelin (PPE student)      

History and Politics offer complementary approaches to past and present aspects of human activity. The degree not only enables students to set contemporary political problems in their historical perspective, but it also equips them to approach the study of the past with the conceptual rigour derived from political science.  "I chose History and Politics because the two complement each other very well; attention to historical detail helps us understand the way political discourses were and are shaped. The course allows you to integrate the two fields and manage them however you like; you can do more of politics or history, and you can  choose to keep them separate and ‘get the best of both worlds’ or to choose a more political/historical line in both." Giulia Caruso (History and Politics student)  

Oxford is one of 15 universities to be selected nationally to host Q-Step. The Oxford Q-Step Centre will enable undergraduates across the social sciences to have access to enhanced training in quantitative methods, through lectures and data labs.  “When you’re reading a journal article, it’s quite easy to skip over the parts that have a lot of numbers in and statistics as you think ‘Oh, I don’t know anything about that,’ but if you are equipped with the tools that you get taught in quantitative methods, you can really understand the article because you understand all the data that’s being used."  Emily Lunnon (PPE student)