Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)


PPE is the classic Oxford degree. It develops a wide and in-depth understanding of society and its problems. PPE students graduate with a degree which opens doors in all walks of life and careers.

Teddy Hall definitely hasn’t disappointed so far – it’s a really lovely place to be a student. My subject tutors are incredibly interesting, intelligent people, and very supportive – they allow me to get what I want out of my degree.

Sophie, PPE

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With excellent facilities and a large and dedicated team of tutors, St Edmund Hall provides an exceptional experience for PPE students.

PPE students at St Edmund Hall form an intellectually active and closely knit community. The student-run PPE Society organises termly speaker events and guest lectures on global events, as well as an annual dinner with tutors. Our College Library is well stocked with a huge range of texts that a PPE student may typically require, with multiple copies of the main texts and online resources also available.

The location of St Edmund Hall is also ideal for students wishing to study PPE. The College is just metres from the Examination Schools, the venue for many of the lectures and exams. The University’s world class Social Sciences Library is also just 5 minutes away by bike.

St Edmund Hall has a large and enthusiastic team of PPE tutors, larger in number than our typical yearly intake of five students! Between them the tutors have a very wide range of research interests but they share a strong commitment to teaching and dedication to helping our students reach their full potential.

Find out more about them and their range of specialist areas below.

The careers most commonly chosen by PPE graduates are in politics, banking and finance, journalism and broadcasting, law, industry, teaching, social work, accountancy, business management, management consultancy, advertising, and the many branches of the public services, including the civil and diplomatic services and the local government.

Recent PPE graduates from St Edmund Hall include an analyst at the Bank of England and a ministerial adviser, as well as students on postgraduate courses at John Hopkins University and the University of Colombia.

St Edmund Hall has no specific entry requirements beyond those outlined in the University prospectus. Candidates should consult the PPE course pages of the University website or the PPE website for full details. All candidates for PPE are expected to sit the TSA Thinking Skills Assessment admissions test. More information on this is available from the Admissions Testing Service.

Our Tutors

Dr James Wilk


Associate Lecturer in Philosophy

Dr James Wilk is a Lecturer in Philosophy. James teaches a number of topics for finals papers: philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of neuroscience, ethics, meta-ethics, philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of Wittgenstein.

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Jonny McIntosh


College Lecturer in Philosophy

Jonny McIntosh is a College Lecturer whose research concerns foundational issues at the intersection of the philosophy of language, formal semantics, and the philosophy of action, as well as related issues in the metaphysics of time and modality, but he has interests in many areas of philosophy, linguistics, and the cognitive sciences.

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Professor Karma Nabulsi


Senior Research Fellow in Politics

Professor Karma Nabulsi is the Jarvis Doctorow Fellow and Tutor in Politics. Karma’s teaching and research include politics and international political thought and relations. She teaches Prelims Politics, and the International Relations papers for PPE and History and Politics students.

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Dr Outi Aarnio


Fellow by Special Election in Economics

Dr Outi Aarnio teaches Teddy Hall undergraduate students all aspects of first year courses in Economics, and core courses, especially core Macroeconomics, and an optional course of Economics of Industry taken by students in their Finals.

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Dr Stephen Blamey


Emeritus Fellow

Stephen Blamey is an Emeritus Fellow and a lecturer in Philosophy. In the past he has been Tutor for Undergraduates and been Dean, but now he is just the largely ceremonial Dean of Degrees.

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