Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate Degrees

Oxford's Economics Department caters for more than a thousand undergraduate and visiting undergraduate students taking a wide variety of courses in Economics. There is no single Honours degree in Economics at Oxford, but students may read for one of five joint degrees involving Economics.

In PPE, Economics and Management, and History and Economics, students spend about a third or half of their time studying economics. The economics courses are the same for each degree programme. The joint degrees with Engineering and Materials each have smaller components in Economics and Management, so have few economics courses.

Applications have to be made through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. For further information please visit the Admissions website.


Philosophy, Politics & Economics

B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy, Politics & Economics

The PPE degree is run jointly by the Philosophy Faculty and the Politics and Economics Departments.  In the first year, students take an introductory course in each of the three subjects.  In the second and third years, they take eight courses in total, including core courses in at least two of the three subjects.

Students who continue with economics in the second and third years take core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics, and can choose from a wide range of optional economics courses.


 Prospectus Economics Courses  PPE Website
 PPE Admissions Criteria
Economics & Management

B.A. (Hons) in Economics & Management

The E&M degree is run jointly by the Economics Department and the Saïd Business School.  In the first year, students take three courses: Introductory Economics, General Management and Financial Management. In the second and third years, they take core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Economics, and five options, including at least two management options.


 Prospectus Economics Courses Management website
 Admissions Criteria
History & Economics

B.A. (Hons) in History & Economics

The H & E degree is run jointly by the History Faculty and the Economics Department. In the first year, students take Introductory Economics, together with 2 history courses, and a course in economic history. In the second and third years, they take core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics , Quantitative Economics, and British Economic History. In addition they write a thesis, and take 2 optional courses, at least one of which is a history course.


 Prospectus Economics Courses History website
 Admissions Criteria for HE

Undergraduate Study

Economics is the study of how consumers, firms and government make decisions that together determine how resources are allocated. An appreciation of economics and the general workings of the economy has become increasingly necessary to make sense of governmental policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous changes in economic systems occurring throughout the world.

We do not expect applicants for PPE, Economics and Management, or any other course involving economics to have studied economics at school – although some applicants will have done so. Before deciding to apply for a degree that includes economics, you should try to find out as much as you can about the subject and whether it will interest you. See our Reading Suggestions for a list of books, magazines and blogs.