Structure & courses

Our Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) programme is a three-year degree. Each academic year (starting always in the first week of September) consists of two semesters. You can download an overview of the programme structure and the courses in each of the six semesters:

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Year 1: Foundations

All students follow the same programme. It consists of an introduction to the three disciplines and of integrative courses and methods courses.

In semester one you will take introductory courses in each of the three disciplines, as well as a course on PPE methods. In the last period you will take your first PPE in Practice course, which will focus on well-being, politics and markets.

The second semester will provide you additional foundational courses and a second methods course: statistics. In the last period of the first year you will take your second PPE in Practice course (From Theory to Practice).

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Year 2: Theory

At the beginning of the second year you choose two of the three PPE disciplines (excellent students can take all three tracks as part of the complementary Honours Programme).

In semester three for each of your chosen tracks you will take two courses which are mandatory, and the integrative course PPE in Practice II (Governance for Society).

In semester four you will choose four elective courses in one or two tracks, and follow another integrative course: PPE in Practice III (Connected World).

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Year 3: Practice

In the third year of your study, the emphasis will shift to preparing you for future academic study and for careers beyond the academy.

During semester five you may choose to either study abroad, or to undertake an internship (more information).

In the final semester you will incorporate the experiences gained by your studies abroad or internship, along with the skills you have acquired throughout the programme, to produce professional quality research and policy projects. You will complete two large-scale projects: the PPE thesis and the final PPE in Practice course. You will work in groups to produce professional quality policy briefs, honed through input with your peers in the programme’s ‘Policy Lab’.

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