Philosophy, Politics and Economics
BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE): 6 students per year.
The Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is one of the largest in the University. The College admits about 6 undergraduates each year. The first year is common to all undergraduates, and consists of introductory studies in all three subjects. The First Public Examination is at the end of the third term of the first year. Thereafter, candidates may offer all three subjects for the Final Honour School (the 'tripartite option'), or offer two subjects only (the 'bipartite option'). Candidates are required to take eight papers in total for Finals. Each subject has 'core papers'. These are currently: in Philosophy, Ethics, and either Knowledge and Reality, Early Modern Philosophy, Plato or Aristotle; in Politics, two from: Theory of Politics, Comparative Government, Political Sociology, British Government and Politics since 1900, and International Relations; and in Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics. In addition candidates will take optional papers. The choice of further papers is very wide indeed - in the School as a whole, there are around fifty optional papers - and any candidate may offer a thesis in lieu of one of them.