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Hey all,

I'm applying to IR at 4 schools and PPE at 1. The one where I applying for PPE doesn't have an IR programme or anything quite similar. Is it acceptable to write a PS for this? I definitely talk about IR somewhat but I include politics, economics, and philosophy seeing as my IR programmes pretty multi-disciplinary in the social sciences. That said, would it hurt my application to either IR or PPE to do this? Am I better just applying for IR?

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It is going to be easier to write a PS for only IR courses, but due to the similarity of the subjects writing an appropriate statement is certainly possible. Really it comes down to execution. I would make sure, though, that your statement reads as an IR statement for the most part,
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(Original post by tlunn223)
Hey all,

I'm applying to IR at 4 schools and PPE at 1. The one where I applying for PPE doesn't have an IR programme or anything quite similar. Is it acceptable to write a PS for this? I definitely talk about IR somewhat but I include politics, economics, and philosophy seeing as my IR programmes pretty multi-disciplinary in the social sciences. That said, would it hurt my application to either IR or PPE to do this? Am I better just applying for IR?

Thanks!
The best situation is to apply to only one course and write a focused ps for it. In this case as IR covers aspects of PPE you might get away with it if you write it very carefully without mentioning names of courses and linking all subjects together well.


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The best situation is to apply to only one course and write a focused ps for it. In this case as IR covers aspects of PPE you might get away with it if you write it very carefully without mentioning names of courses and linking all subjects together well.


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Thank you both so much! I've essentially detailed that my main areas of interest are politics and IR taking 50% of that area, with philosophy and economics together maybe taking 50% of that area. Should I get rid of the phrase "international relations?" I'm afraid it will hurt the PPE to leave it in, but would hurt the IR to take it out. I only use it two or three times in an effort to conserve characters. Thanks again!
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The phrase is fine I think if you've only used it 2-3 times. Good luck!
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The phrase is fine I think if you've only used it 2-3 times. Good luck!
But it won't hurt my IR ones to only have mentioned it a couple times? I've given examples of politics that are rather clearly IR, but still.
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As you've said before IR courses are quite broad and cover aspects of politics and economics. The course structures should give you and idea of how much. So no you should be fine.
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You're welcome.

You'll be fine.

Good luck.
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