The PPE course is divided in two parts, which both culminate in an exam. The first part coincides with the first year: students study the fundamentals of all three subjects to prepare for a ‘Preliminary Examination', which they sit at the end of the year. In the second part of the course, which covers the second and the third years, most students choose to concentrate on two of the three subjects. They attend both core and optional courses in each of their chosen subjects, and sit a ‘Final Examination' at the end of their third year.
All three subjects are taught by full Fellows of the College, who have the support of a number of lecturers.
Philosophy is taught by Professor Mark Wrathall and Professor Marion Durand. We also have a number of JRFs who sometimes teach undergraduates. The College library is well-stocked in all areas of philosophy, particularly ancient philosophy (given Corpus' equally strong tradition in classics), and students from a variety of courses involving philosophy - PPE, Classics, PPL, Maths and Philosophy - are encouraged to interact together as members of the College's lively philosophical community.
Politics is taught by Professor Giovanni Capoccia, Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and IR, and Dr Scot Peterson, College Lecturer. Professor Capoccia specialises in Comparative and European politics, democratisation and institutional theory; Dr Peterson's areas of research are UK and US politics.
Former Subject Ambassador Rhidian writes: "The course is designed to start with a holistic understanding of all three subjects, grounded in the first year. From there, you can specialise more in the second year with the option of doing just two or all three of the subjects, and choosing your own modules within them. Having covered such a broad spread in the first year, you can be well placed to know what areas really interest you, and what you want to pursue further. "