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Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)
Pembroke aims to admit seven students each year for the PPE course, and regularly takes international students, including Rhodes Scholars. Our undergraduates come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and no prior detailed knowledge of Philosophy, Politics or Economics is required. Although a background in Maths is not formally required for admission, PPE applicants should have sufficient interest in, and aptitude for, Maths to cope with the mathematical elements of the course in economics, logic and data analysis.
PPE demands the ability to take stock of large amounts of evidence, arguments and scholarly material and apply intelligent analysis to it. It is very much a course for those who like wrestling with different theories, problems, and conflicts while developing their own views.
At Pembroke efforts are made to emphasise the value of interdisciplinary cooperation at all levels of study. For PPE students this may take the form of involvement in the Social Science Society, which meets termly to stimulate debate from the variety of perspectives represented by students and academics alike.
The College tutors teach the compulsory papers and a wide range if special subjects throughout the three year course. At Pembroke the tutorial team is led by Fellows Professor Stephen Whitefield, Dr Brian A'Hearn and Professor Guy Kahane. They are supported by a long-standing and very experienced team of lecturers and tutors to ensure excellent teaching and support for all undergraduates.
Natasha Fairweather, undergraduate in PPE, talks about a recent essay topic in Politics which she particulary enjoyed studying
Arwed Buchholtz (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2014) has received a scholarship from Studienstiftung, Germany’s largest, oldest and most prestigious scholarship foundation.
At Oxford, philosophy can only be studied in combination with other subjects. Pembroke offers the joint honours options PPE, PPL, Philosophy & Modern Languages, Maths & Philosophy, and Philosophy & Theology
PPE consists of a first year Preliminary course and exam followed by two years of final honours work. The latter consists of a small number of compulsory papers in each subject and a vast number of optional papers from which to choose. This choice, combined with the fact that from their second year students may either take all three elements of the degree or concentrate on two, makes PPE an unusually varied and flexible course.
The College tutors teach the compulsory papers and a wide range of special subjects throughout the three year course. At Pembroke the tutorial team is led by Fellows Professor Stephen Whitefield, Dr Brian A'Hearn and Professor Guy Kahane. They are supported by a long-standing and very experienced team of lecturers and tutors to ensure excellent teaching and support for all undergraduates.
In taking admissions decisions the Pembroke tutors are looking for students who enjoy intellectual challenge and who will take their place amongst a thriving and friendly group of people studying not just for PPE but for a variety of related Honour Schools, for example Economics and Management and Modern History and Politics.