The Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree was launched in September 2009. It takes its title from the prestigious Oxford programme of the same name that was established in 1920, initially as the basis for a career in the senior ranks of the Civil Service. This degree takes a more integrated approach to the study of PPE than many comparable programmes. It is based on the view that, to understand social phenomena, one must approach them from several disciplinary directions. Politics acquaints students with the institutions and processes that produce decisions governing our lives. Philosophy develops analytical rigour, the ability to reason logically, critically and ethically. Economics helps in understanding government policy and the choices facing businesses, governments and society. This degree illuminates how these three areas complement one another.