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Should I do a PPE degree instead of an economics degree? I'm in year 12 studying maths, psychology and politics, according to these subjects that I study, and that a PPE degree seems slightly more interesting than economics because of the philosophy part should I do it? Can you still get good jobs with it, and jobs in sectors like banking, accounting, finance? Will I be disadvantaged when applying to these type of jobs if I have a PPE degree instead of economics? could someone please answer these questions for me, thanks in advance.
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If you are interested in both Philosophy and Economics, you could just do a joint degree of both. Do you want to study Politics as well? Doing PPE can be very tough as its 3 subjects.

You shouldn't be disadvantaged doing either though.
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Jobs in those sectors don't require any specific degree background and take graduates from any subject; for investment banking specifically they literally don't care one jot what you studied, and only care about where you studied (and what classification you got). In fact the vast majority of graduate roles don't require any specific academic background and most graduates go on to roles completely unrelated to what they studied at uni. I would note that economics does not really factor much into accounting or finance, and really very little into banking (at least in the kinds of roles generally considered to constitute "investment banking" in the eyes of school leaves).

There are some specific roles that require an economics background, but these are generally in NGOs or the civil service - typically the latter will require for the specified economics stream positions that the degree needs to have at least 50% of its content as economics to qualify. I would note though that these are a relatively small number of roles in the civil service and most, as above, don't require any specific subject.

Per the previous response the key thing is whether you also want to study politics as well as the philosophy side of things; if not, probably better to just look for specific joint honours courses in economics and philosophy.
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In PPE students usually specialise is 2 subjects after the 1st year, do you know if specialising in economics and one of the others would be counted as being 50% economics? FYI, I am particularly interested in doing all 3 but would consider doing a joint honours if PPE specialising in economics didn't count as 50% economics.
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