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Course: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) BA

I have really appreciated the broad nature of the PPE course and the ability to engage with contemporary social and political issues.

Shannon

PPE Open Days

If you would like to find out more about studying PPE at Oxford, please come along to our next Open Day, on Friday 16 September 2022. Please book to attend our PPE Open Day via Eventbrite.


PPE bridges three departments and joins together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social world. It is a highly flexible degree which allows you to shape your own path through it and you can, to a large extent, choose to specialise in politics, and different aspects of politics, if you wish.

 

How to find information about this course

The tripartite nature of the degree means there is information in various places—the definitive information (including entry requirements) is on the University of Oxford PPE webpage

Very detailed information about the practicalities and details of the degree can also be found in the course handbook on the dedicated PPE website. Each year a course handbook (covering that year’s papers and rules) is given to current students. While the exact details change from year-to-year, it can give you an insight into how the degree works and what you may be able to study.

Our Undergraduate study webpage aims to give you a flavour of what you will learn through the politics papers within History and Politics. There are equivalent pages hosted on the Faculty of Philosophy's website and Department of Economics' website.

Undergraduate stories

Oscar
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PPE is one of the most customisable degrees in Oxford, allowing you to build a curriculum personalised to your interests. I have been able to explore a variety of subjects and consequently find the ones I enjoy the most.
Shannon
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The Politics part of the course has opened my eyes to the vast array of problems in the world today and the various approaches scholars have taken to prevent and to mitigate these.

PPE students and alumni

“84% in work or doing further study 15 months after the course” (Data from students graduating during 2017-2018)

The PPE degree celebrated its centenary in 2020. Over the last five decades, more than 16,000 students have graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Our students have gone on to an incredibly broad range of careers, from teaching to the civil service, data analysis to policy-making, journalism to politics, finance to the third sector. Some of our alumni have become well-known names in their chosen profession. Many PPE-ists continue into post-graduate education after their degree and make a career in the world of academia.