PPE is an intellectually challenging course and we welcome applications from intellectually curious students who are interested in these three subjects. Applicants should be prepared for a demanding but rewarding schedule of work, involving both independent and group work.

A group of four PPE freshers stands in the front quad of Trinity.
Our third-year PPE students
Three students (a male in the foreground and two fem ales in the background) listen during a tutorial.

Course Details

In the first year, students take introductory courses in each of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In years two and three, students may opt to specialise in any two of these subjects, or to continue in all three.

Economic and Financial (ECOFIN) Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, with a sign indicating the seating place for the European Central Bank.
I remember my first Philosophy tutorial opening with the serious question – ‘So, how do we know that the external world really exists? Should we care?

Teaching Structure

Your College tutors are responsible for organising all your small-group teaching (tutorials and classes) and play a key role in overseeing your development throughout the course. The University Departments organise lectures and classes to supplement the tutorials. PPE students are usually taught in tutorials of 2-3 students, with the exception of some Economics options which are taught in classes. Students will typically attend two tutorials a week throughout their course. The College library is well-stocked in all three subjects, with the core courses well provided for.  The Bodleian Library (the main University Library) is right opposite Trinity, and all three departmental libraries are within easy walking distance. The tutors set practice exams at the start of most terms so that students consolidate their learning and prepare for their university examinations. Our students achieve excellent results.

Career Prospects

The skills you develop while studying PPE – rigorous thinking and the ability to analyse information quickly in order to present a strong, clear argument – are valued very highly by employers. Trinity’s PPE graduates go into a wide range of careers, including journalism, consultancy, politics, non-governmental and voluntary organisations, and further academic study and research.

As a course which combines essays and quantitative approaches to learning, the work you do is extremely diverse and that definitely appealed to me as someone who was not yet ready to give up having a range of different subjects.
A Trinity PPE student studies at her desk using a highlighter.