PPE, Human Sciences, HSPS, Social sciences...?Watch
I’m an international student currently planning on applying to uni in the UK for 2020 entry. I am considering Oxbridge, Edinburgh, UCL and maybe King’s College (or even another uni?).
I have been planning on applying to Oxford PPE for about a year, but I recently attended the open days and discovered Human Sciences, which I found fascinating, although a bit too scientific. I still love philosophy and politics, and think economics would be useful. Furthermore, I am looking to apply to a prestigious degree as I do not wish to study further and plan on starting a career in dramatic art (of course I am applying to all the major drama schools, this is my second choice), so I need a degree that could get me a job easily if things ‘go south’.
However, due to my interest in human sciences, I found some degrees such as HSPS at Cambridge (although I really really loved Oxford and had my mind set on it) and Social Sciences at UCL that incorporate anthropology and sociology and maybe a bit of psychology and human behavior into the course. The thing is, these degrees aren’t as prestigious and none of them offers philosophy. And I just found out about them, although I have been preparing for PPE, and I don’t know if this is just a phase or I really want to study this.
If I could apply to both Oxford and Cambridge I would apply to both PPE and HSPS but it is not the case sadly. I think I might apply to PPE at Oxford, Social Sciences at UCL, PPE or Social Sciences equivalent at Edinburgh. Yet I am still unsure... I kind of liked the idea of sociology and anthropology !
Maybe a fellow student might help me out 😅
I found some degrees such as HSPS at Cambridge (although I really really loved Oxford and had my mind set on it) and Social Sciences at UCL that incorporate anthropology and sociology and maybe a bit of psychology and human behavior into the course. The thing is, these degrees aren’t as prestigious and none of them offers philosophy
I don't quite understand the desire for prestige: If you want to stand a chance of getting an offer, you shouldn't be chasing a subject for how well known or fancy it is. The nature of Oxbridge applications is that the few places on offer will go to those who have a real, deep desire to study the course for what it is and because they truly love the content. If you want a degree that will get you a job easily, then you are doing the degree for the wrong reason! If you attend a russell group/well rated university, achieve a good degree class and spend your time enriching your CV then finding a job really should not be a big issue.