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Philosophy, Politics and Econmics (PPE)

Elliot Gulliver-Needham

Hey, I'm Elliot, a PPEist from Brighton!

I first considered doing PPE because of a love of politics, and a strong interest in economics. I think it's really important to emphasise that I'd never studied philosophy in any way before, and had only read a couple books on economics. PPE enabled me to get a broad interest in all three of the subjects, so don't worry if you haven't studied one or two of the subjects involved! I did Politics, History, Maths, and Further Maths at A level, which I found great preparation for PPE, but really don't worry if you didn't! I have friends who didn't do Maths A level, and plenty who didn't do Politics or History.

PPE students have a pretty flexible schedule, which can be good or bad depending on what kind of person you are. You can either work in a 9-5 style of work, or give yourself entire days off and then have to work long hours the next day. While it's not as work intensive as some subjects might be, it's absolutely a lot of hard work. We have about eight lectures and two tutorials a week, and aside from that our work is almost entirely independent. All the people here at Corpus are incredibly friendly, so you'll become close with the other PPEists and be able to discuss your work with them.

The type of people who do PPE come from a wide range of backgrounds and ideologies. We have Tories, we have socialists, and we have people who don't really know. This is really great, because I was worried when I came to Oxford that I would just be surrounded by an echo chamber. Instead, there's lots of friendly debate, with PPEists come from all over the world, and from all different classes. 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to email me!!!

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