PPE Cheat Sheet

Luke Elson
Oct 2021 -- suggestions welcome

Who to ask

Philosophy is your home department. This means that your academic tutor is based there. But you are able and encouraged to get heavily involved with the other two departments too!

Your academic tutor should be your first point of call for any questions that go beyond a single module.

Other people to talk to, who are named/specific contacts for PPE students:

The structure of the degree

Full-time undergraduate students at Reading take 120 credits a year.

You do all three subjects in part 1 (year 1 if you are full time), and then choose a 'pathway' for the later years:

This means that you do not have to do all three subjects all the way through to get a PPE degree. You just have to pass your first year (that is, meet the progression requirements). The marks from the first year appear on your transcript, but don't count towards your degree class. For this reason we almost always advise students to stick with PPE if they are struggling with one subject in the first year: they can always drop it later.

Whichever pathway you take, make sure that the modules you take in later years satisfy the requirements for that pathway. Talk to your academic tutor, the support centre or the module selection team if you are not sure. Just because the system 'lets' you pick a set of modules, it doesn't mean that those modules are OK.


You must do a dissertation in your third year. Whichever one you want to do, there will be some planning needed:

Because of the above rules, some PPE students who are doing philosophy find themselves doing a philosophy dissertation 'of last resort', because they missed the deadlines for the other subject. You should definitely not do this; it doesn't make anybody happy.

Special issues arising with PPE

Some of the more mathematical content in years 2 and on in economics has prerequisite modules in year 1... which as a PPE student you can't take, for timetabling reasons. If you think this might affect you, speak to your academic tutor as soon as you can in your first year.

Philosophy Summer modules can be taught quite close to exams in your other subjects. Not a problem, just something to bear in mind.