More about the course
The study of Philosophy, and the in-depth study of a foreign language and literature, both develop analytical rigour and critical skills. Your study of Philosophy will teach you to apply your ability to reason logically to questions ranging from how we acquire knowledge and form moral judgements to the nature of language, art and literature. Since many works of literature are shaped by the dominant philosophical ideas of their epoch, the study of philosophy can illuminate that intellectual background, and studying these two disciplines in parallel presents numerous advantages. You will also develop your practical linguistic skills in language classes and acquire a more sophisticated understanding of your chosen language and culture through the study of literature or linguistics. The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad, with a wide variety of possible options and destinations.
The Philosophy Faculty is is one of the largest departments of philosophy in the world and widely recognized to be amongst the best. More than 500 undergraduates are admitted to Oxford each year to read the various degrees involving philosophy. The large number of students reading philosophy with a variety of other disciplines affords the opportunity to participate in a diverse and lively philosophical community.
Oxford’s Modern Languages Faculty is also one of the largest in the country, with a total intake of more than 250 students a year, including those reading joint degrees. The Philosophy library and the Modern Languages research library (the Taylor Institution) have worldwide reputations. The Modern Languages Faculty also has an undergraduate lending library and a fully-equipped Language Centre.
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Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL)
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL) are closely interrelated disciplines – studying a combination of them is an opportunity to explore different aspects of each subject, resulting in a very varied and dynamic course.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
If you find the political and economic world a fascinating but puzzling place, and if, more broadly, you want to understand how and why (we think) we know what we seem to know about that world, then PPE is probably for you.
Studying Modern Languages at Oxford offers you a chance to learn in depth about the literature, culture and language of your chosen area.
Modern Languages and Linguistics
In this course, students study one modern language together with linguistics, the study of language itself. One half of your course will be half of the Modern Languages course as described on the Modern Languages course page, giving you practical linguistic training and an extensive introduction to the literature and thought of the European language you have chosen. The other half of the course will introduce you to the analysis of the nature and structure of human language.