We admit nine PPE students each year.
Although a background in Mathematics is not formally required for admission, PPE applicants should have sufficient interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics to cope with the mathematical elements of the course. Mathematics is a particular advantage for the Economics component of the course, as well as for the first year logic course in philosophy, and for first and second year courses in politics.
In recent years over 90% of the applicants who were offered places for PPE had studied Maths to at least AS-Level, or equivalent. You may like to consider taking Maths to AS-level, or an equivalent qualification, even if you do not pursue it further. It is useful at least to have learnt the basics of differentiation before starting your university course in PPE, whether as part of a formal, examined mathematics course or more informally; the same would be true of elementary probability theory and statistics.
Students study all three subjects in the first year. The PPE Preliminary Examination is taken at the end of the first year. Students can then choose to continue with all three branches or to drop one of them. Second year work mainly covers core papers in the branches chosen, followed in the third year by further subjects from a wide range of options permitting considerable specialization. PPE is a flexible course; it permits everything from an even blend of the three subjects, to a strong concentration (amounting to around two-thirds of the work for the final examination) on one of them. PPE at Brasenose has a reputation for challenging, exciting work, undertaken in a mixture of tutorials and class teaching.
Anyone reading PPE can expect to be taught by most of the tutors below at some point during their degree.
Dr Dave Leal has a particular interest in ethics and philosophy of religion, but also teaches logic, early modern philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. Dr Christopher Timpson, a philosopher of science, particularly of physics, has interests in philosophy of mind and language and in the history of 20th Century Anglophone philosophy. Dr Simon Shogry came to Brasenose in 2017 and is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, teaching Plato, Lucretius, and the Pre-Socratics at Mods as well as the advanced philosophy options at Finals. His research focuses on how ancient thinkers, particularly Plato and the Stoics, understand the relationship between sense-perception and knowledge, and also reconstructs their arguments for the possibility of moral expertise. Dr Elias Dinas is a political scientist and is interested in comparative political behaviour and political socialisation. Dr Andrea Ruggeri is a political scientist and is interested in international relations and comparative, his research focuses on civil wars, peacekeeping, and political violence. Dr Ferdinand Rauch's research interests consider different empirical applications of microeconomic theory, mainly in the areas of international trade and regional and urban economics.
Former Brasenose PPEists can be found among other places in Parliament, the Bank of England, the Treasury, the Foreign Office, international organisations, banking and finance, domestic and multinational business, consultancy, teaching and academia, and the media. Some of them are ambassadors, barristers, film producers, schoolteachers, writers, and university professors all over the world.