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Philosophy, Politics and Economics - Student Profile

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Elle, 2nd year

'I chose to study PPE because I wanted to study a variety of subjects that I am passionate about. I studied Economics and Philosophy at school, so I already knew that I enjoyed these subjects and that I was suited to them.

The first year course in PPE is mostly introductory courses in each of the three disciplines. This is important as it means that it is not necessary to have studied any of the three areas before. After the first year the course is more varied, as you can choose to drop one of the three subjects (or continue on with all three). There are a few core papers for each discipline but then there is a huge choice of subjects to cater for all interests. I plan to take a variety including Ethics, Philosophy of religion, Economics of industry and Economics of developing countries to name a few.The teaching system in Oxford enabled me to tailor my degree to fit me. Most of the focus is on tutorials – meetings with my tutor usually once a week to discuss the reading and work that I have completed. These are incredibly useful as not only are they a chance to ensure that I have a full understanding of the subject, but they are also an opportunity to ask my tutors for their views, and create a discussion. This is a great advantage as it means that I have plenty of opportunity to develop my thoughts and increase my knowledge.

At first it was challenging to settle in, but I quickly became accustomed to the way of learning and also to Oxford life in general. There are plenty of important opportunities to be grasped in Oxford, not only through sport, music or drama, but also through the numerous other societies we have here – the Freshers’ Fair is a great opportunity to get involved in University life.

Surrounded by other intelligent people, Oxford is the perfect environment to thrive in.'

Jan, who graduated in 2009 now works for OC&C Strategy Consultants in London. He says:   

'As a strategy consultant, I have to break down and analyse companies’ complex problems in a team environment and communicate the solution clearly to the client. Preparing and discussing essays in weekly tutorials in Oxford helped developing these skills, as well as the ability to think outside the box.’

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