Economics and Joint Schools

The majority of economics undergraduates read PPE, the joint Honours degree which combines philosophy and politics with economics, and allows considerable specialisation, with up to six out of eight Finals papers in economics.

A smaller number of economics undergraduates read for Modern History and Economics in which up to five of the eight Finals papers may be in economics.

The College does not, at present, admit undergraduates reading for the Economics & Management degree or Engineering, Economics and Management degree.

Economics teaching is based mainly on tutorials and lectures. There is a wide range of lecture courses given by economists employed by the University. Undergraduates reading economics also attend weekly or fortnightly tutorials for which they produce written work. Some papers are taught in a mixture of classes and tutorials. Tutorials, some of which are in other Colleges, are usually in twos or threes.

Candidates intending to read History and Economics should have strong history A-levels. It is an advantage for those intending to specialise in Economics, as part of any degree course, to have a reasonable background in mathematics. It is also an advantage to have economics at A-level. It is not necessary to have studied Politics, Economics or Philosophy at A-level to be successful in PPE. PPE welcomes applications with any combination of A-level subjects, whether Arts, Science or a mixture of the two.

The College has a strong tradition in Economics. PPE and History and Economics graduates go into a wide variety of careers including the Civil Service, international organisations, the media, finance and industry, law, politics, teaching, social work, and academic research.

People intending to become professional economists go on to do the graduate degrees that are now universal requirements for this.

The College usually admits one to two to read History and Economics, and eight to ten undergraduates a year to read PPE.


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