We have a large PPE team at Merton, with at least two Fellows in each of the three subjects. This allows us to have extensive 'in-house' teaching, and gives students a diverse experience from tutors who are at the forefront of their own particular fields. In our experience excellence in research and teaching quality go hand in hand.
Our students' exam performance is very good: a good 2.1 is the norm and there are many firsts. However, tutorials are not primarily designed with exam performance in mind. Our main goal is to help students increase their knowledge of each subject and to see how this can add to their understanding of the world around them.
We are often asked by potential applicants whether we regard maths at AS level or equivalent as essential to study PPE at Merton. While most students at Merton have this qualification, not all do. However students do need an aptitude for doing maths to cope with first year economics and the logic component of the philosophy course.
While a majority of our students come from the UK, PPE is also a popular choice for overseas students. In recent years students from Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore have studied PPE at Merton.
Average intake: Eight