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What UK Prime Ministers studied ...

Updated on January 2, 2016

David Cameron

Our current prime minster, Mr David Cameron, received a first-class honours degree from Oxford University for the subject Philosophy,Politics and Economics(PPE). The PPE course enables students to learn from all three disciplines.This study seems popular with many politicians including, Ed Miliband.

David Cameron - Current Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.
David Cameron - Current Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown who had led the country, from 2007 till 2010, had studied History at the University of Edinburgh at the age of 16 and graduated with a first-class honours in 1976. Mr Brown then completed his PHD in history ten years later.


Gordon Brown - Former Prime Minister and Former leader of the labour party.
Gordon Brown - Former Prime Minister and Former leader of the labour party.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair who was prime minister from 1997 to 2007 and had studied Jurisprudence (the study and theory of law) at the University of Oxford. Blair graduated in 1975 with a Second-class honours.

Tony Blair - Former Prime minister and leader of the labour party.
Tony Blair - Former Prime minister and leader of the labour party.

John Major

Sir John Major was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997. John Major did not attend university but instead, having gained 6 O-levels, became a clerk at an insurance brokerage firm.

Margaret Thatcher

The former prime minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, led the country from the year 1979 to 1990.Baroness Thatcher, graduated in 1947 with a Second-class honours degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Baroness Margaret Thatcher - Former prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher - Former prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

Leonard James Callaghan

Baron Callaghan was in office from the years of 1976 to 1979. However, he was not able to attend due to financial reasons but instead sat the civil service entrance exam.

 Baron Callaghan - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party.
Baron Callaghan - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party.

Harold WIlson

Harold was in office as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and also 1974 till 1976. Having gained a county grant, he was able to study a Modern History. However, after his first year, Wilson changed his course to Philosophy,Politics and Economics in which he later gained a first class degrees.

 Baron Wilson - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour party.
Baron Wilson - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour party.

Edward Heath

Sir Edward Heath was prime minister from 1970 to 1974. Having stayed at the The University of Oxford for 4 years,due to gaining an organ scholarship. Heath graduated with a second-class honours for the course Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1939.

Sir Edward Heath - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour government.
Sir Edward Heath - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour government.

Alec Douglas-Home

Alexander Douglas-Home served a short time as Prime minister from 1963 to 1964. Baron Douglas-Home went to Oxford University and graduated in 1925 with a third class honours BA Degree in modern history.

Alec Douglas - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
Alec Douglas - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

Harold MacMillan

Harold Macmillan led the country as prime minister from 1957 to 1963. Macmillan had studied Literae Humaniores which translates to ,"more humane literature", at the University of Oxford. Despite this being a four year course, he did not complete the degree after serving in the First World War.

Harold Macmilian - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.
Harold Macmilian - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.

Anthony Eden

Anthony Eden served as Prime minister from 1955 to 1957. Anthony Eden gained a Double First in Oriental languages which involved studying languages of Asia.

Anthony Eden - Former Prime Minister  and leader of the Conservative party.
Anthony Eden - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was in office as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955. Sir Winston Churchill had attended the Royal Military College at Sanchurch, which is a military university and trained as a Calvary (soldiers that rode on horses) and graduated 8th of his class.

Winston Churchill - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
Winston Churchill - Former Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

The United Kingdom's Prime Ministers, despite their differences in their choice of education, have all been educated, which has somewhat, shaped their leadership demonstrated in the United Kingdom.

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