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.
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.
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.