The Department of Politics and International Relations offers two Politics joint-school degrees: you may choose to study Politics alongside History or apply to Philosophy Politics and Economics (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 Michaelmas 2020 has now passed. You can find out more about 2021 entry on the University's website.




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The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 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.   

History and Politics offers complementary approaches to studying of human activity. The degree not only enables students to set contemporary political problems in their historical perspective, but it also equips them to study the past with a conceptual rigour derived from political science. 

Oxford is fortunate enough to be one of 15 universities that was selected nationally to host Q-Step. Not a degree in itself, the Oxford Q-Step Centre will enable undergraduates across the social sciences to access enhanced training in quantitative methods, through lectures and data labs.