Undergraduate Courses

Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)

The Oxford PPE course has a long-established international reputation and is supported by more than 200 teachers and scholars across the University.

PPE was born of the conviction that study of the great modern works of economic, social, political and philosophical thought would have a transformative effect on students’ intellectual lives, and thereby on society at large. This conviction remains as firm today as it was then. As the world has evolved, so has PPE. The course brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us, developing skills useful for a wide range of careers and activities.

PPE is a highly flexible degree which allows you to shape your own path through it: you may choose to specialise in two branches at the end of the first year, or continue with all three. You can also explore a wide variety of disciplines under the overarching headings of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics – for example, you can specialise in Sociology or International Relations by choosing the relevant Politics options.

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The course at St Peter's

St Peter's takes eight to ten students per year in PPE. The College has Fellows and Lecturers in each of the three subjects.

Every year a similar number of students from the USA spend their Junior Year Abroad studying PPE as Visiting Students at St Peter’s, adding to the international flavour of the course.

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