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    (Original post by JonasF)
    Hello,

    I would definitely recommend waiting until you're at LSE. A good friend of mine switched from Economic History to Accounting and Finance without any problem. Once you're in, it's a lot easier to change courses but I'm not sure if they even let you change courses before you've met the requirements. I know other people who have swapped from PPE to P and E, or from social policy to economic history. Once you're at LSE you're good enough to be there, so they're a lot more lenient for you to swap courses!
    When do people usually switch degrees? Is it usually as soon as they arrive at LSE in their first year? Or at the end of their first year?
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    What would you recommend as ideal A level subjects?
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    (Original post by anonwinner)
    When do people usually switch degrees? Is it usually as soon as they arrive at LSE in their first year? Or at the end of their first year?
    Usually at the beginning of first year, although it is normal to swap at the end of the first year/beginning of second year too depending on the similarity of your first year courses with those of the course you want to switch to.
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    (Original post by JonasF)
    Usually at the beginning of first year, although it is normal to swap at the end of the first year/beginning of second year too depending on the similarity of your first year courses with those of the course you want to switch to.
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    Is it possible to create a video on a typical day in the life of an lse ppe student?
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    I got offers on UCL PPE, and LSE Politics and Philosophy. I am struggling between choosing the university or the course. Any views on what is a better choice?
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    (Original post by Fontaneko)
    I got offers on UCL PPE, and LSE Politics and Philosophy. I am struggling between choosing the university or the course. Any views on what is a better choice?
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    Hi Jonas and All,

    I read the details re LSE and PPE with great interest.

    Right now I am struggling with choices between better university or better course - I got offers on LSE Politics and Philosophy, and UCL PPE.

    May I have your advices on what considerations I. Making this hard choice?

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Fontie)
    Hi Jonas and All,

    I read the details re LSE and PPE with great interest.

    Right now I am struggling with choices between better university or better course - I got offers on LSE Politics and Philosophy, and UCL PPE.

    May I have your advices on what considerations I. Making this hard choice?

    Thank you
    I am also deciding between PPE LSE and UCL - no idea what to do! LSE seems like better course more in depth and love the professors I have met but UCL seems like a more chilled and well rounded place, plus Bloomsbury is so lovely... Thing is I haven't met anyone from the department at UCL so would be taking a big risk. Also UCL is only three years which means could do a masters for the same time investment but of course there isn't as much interdisciplinary content etc and may have to drop one of the three disciplines so may feel like a bit of a cheat PPE degree haha
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    (Original post by mcf)
    I am also deciding between PPE LSE and UCL - no idea what to do! LSE seems like better course more in depth and love the professors I have met but UCL seems like a more chilled and well rounded place, plus Bloomsbury is so lovely... Thing is I haven't met anyone from the department at UCL so would be taking a big risk. Also UCL is only three years which means could do a masters for the same time investment but of course there isn't as much interdisciplinary content etc and may have to drop one of the three disciplines so may feel like a bit of a cheat PPE degree haha
    glad to know that I am not the only one struggling. Have you considered career prospects and workload for these courses? I find it confusing as I was told that LSE is more prestigious but seems like UCL has a higher ranking. Will employers give preference to any of these u? I am also cautious that PPE is a highly demanding course will LSE and UCL be the same in terms of workload or difficulty in getting reasonable grades?
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    (Original post by Beckski123)
    Thanks for replying so quickly! So I guess you don't study more modern political philosophy like John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, Robert Nozick...? Do you know if it's possible to specialise to study that in 2nd/3rd year?
    We study Mill as part of the GV100 Political Theory module. I don't think there are opportunities to specialise in Rawls/Nozick, however I have read work by both thinkers while studying Political Theory and Philosophy. Rather than writing about their views specifically I've incorporated their arguments as support for other arguments or counterarguments in essays, for example Nozick's criticism of Locke's private property theory. There's a lot of opportunity to read around the subjects you're encouraged to incorporate these extra ideas into class/essays.
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    (Original post by anonwinner)
    When do people usually switch degrees? Is it usually as soon as they arrive at LSE in their first year? Or at the end of their first year?
    It's hard to switch degrees at the end of first year unless you want to retake first year altogether, or the course you're switching to essentially includes the modules you've already taken.
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    (Original post by Rajive)
    What would you recommend as ideal A level subjects?
    Maths is essential. Aside from that I wouldn't say it matters too much as long as the A Levels you take are considered 'good' a-levels. If you're looking to do the harder maths modules, I recommended doing Further Maths as an extra a level, as it's really helpful (although definitely not essential). Further Maths may not be included in your offer though (my offer was A*AA excluding further maths), so don't take it as one of you're A-levels if you're only doing 3.
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    (Original post by mcf)
    I am also deciding between PPE LSE and UCL - no idea what to do! LSE seems like better course more in depth and love the professors I have met but UCL seems like a more chilled and well rounded place, plus Bloomsbury is so lovely... Thing is I haven't met anyone from the department at UCL so would be taking a big risk. Also UCL is only three years which means could do a masters for the same time investment but of course there isn't as much interdisciplinary content etc and may have to drop one of the three disciplines so may feel like a bit of a cheat PPE degree haha
    I was also in your position last year! Both are great universities. My reasoning was as follows:
    - LSE (in most rankings) does better than UCL for social sciences. A big factor in why they consistently score lower than UCL on some rankings is because LSE doesn't offer science/medicine/engineering etc and effectively the ranking gives them 0 points for these subjects, even though they don't offer them.
    - LSE seems to have better job prospects, although of course this is dependent on who you are as a person and what you wish to do. Both universities as I say are great in this regard.
    - The course at LSE looked more interesting to me. In the 4th year you get the opportunity to do research for an big firm/NGO/gov department. They've also put a great deal of effort into making the course interdisciplinary, and personally I didn't want to drop any of the subjects.
    - Preferred the location of LSE, although both universities are extremely close (20 min walk away).
    -In terms of being more 'chill and well-rounded', you may be right, but at any university you'll manage to find a group of people you're suited to and have similarities with. I was worried before coming to LSE that the social life was crap and I wouldn't find anyone similar to me, but have been proved wrong.

    Hope this has helped and congrats on your offers.
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    (Original post by Fontie)
    Hi Jonas and All,

    I read the details re LSE and PPE with great interest.

    Right now I am struggling with choices between better university or better course - I got offers on LSE Politics and Philosophy, and UCL PPE.

    May I have your advices on what considerations I. Making this hard choice?

    Thank you
    See above post. Politics and Philosophy is quite a different course to PPE at LSE but I know that everyone I've met who does it enjoys it.
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    (Original post by ebro96)
    It's hard to switch degrees at the end of first year unless you want to retake first year altogether, or the course you're switching to essentially includes the modules you've already taken.
    Thanks.

    Do you know anyone who has switched at any point? What subjects have they switched from and to?
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    Thank you! That is most helpful. Out of interest what do you like most about the LSE campus / location?
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    I have an offer for PPE at LSE but don't think I'll end up getting an A* in Maths. Instead, I feel as if I'll get an A* in my other subjects, so will i lose my place as a result?
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    Hey, I deferred my entry for Politics and Philosophy from Sept 2016 to Sept 2017, but was actually considering to try to pass Mathematics HL during my gap year (I'm an IB graduate). I already contacted the School to see if the transfer would be possible if I obtained a 7 (equivalent of A*) and they told it would if the Philosophy Dept accepted it according to the next year's intake. I was wondering though if maybe you guys know anyone who transferred from PP or a similar degree to PPE in such a way? Do transfers to PPE are even possible and/or common (I know it's a very selective degree)?
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    Hi thank you for this thread. i have a few questions if you do not mind:

    1. I know you study PPE however, do you know anything about the goverment course as it is basically politics and you do that within PPE. My question is basically would government be enjoyable? And how hard is it (like grasping concepts)

    2. Lets say you come to LSE and I know many graduates go onto to work within finance and get finance internships but does the university provide internships in other sectors like the media for example, something to do with editorial?

    3. How much reading would you say you do for your subject? Do you need to watch the news a lot and keep up with current affairs?

    4. Do you have enough spare time to join societies whilst keeping up with work?

    Sorry there are so many questions I'm just really curious
 
 
 
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