Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

La Trobe University

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of how society is structured and how it functions with this three-year course. La Trobe's Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree - the first of its kind offered in Australia - helps you to come to grips with the interaction between politics, the economy and philosophy, equipping students with skills in analysis and critical thinking, economic theory in relation to globalisation, markets and competition, and international relations. In first year you'll study a core group of subjects covering politics, economics and critical thinking, international relations and philosophy. In the second and third years, you can either study all three disciplines - politics, philosophy and economics - or specialise in two of these areas. You can choose from electives across the University, building a degree that's tailored to your specific interests. Alongside lectures, students attend policy-focused economics seminars and specialised tutorial sessions and activities. You can also develop a global perspective through overseas study programs and student exchanges with one of La Trobe's partner universities in over 30 countries. You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through La Trobe's Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group A for more details.

Course Fee:

International: $91,200

Entry Requirements:

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; international students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students need to complete at least 360 credit points. First and second year introduces the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics (offering some flexibility in subject choices for students accepted under accelerated entry). Students can also choose a program that balances these disciplines, or specialise in combinations of philosophy/politics, politics / economics or philosophy / economics. Students should undertake 120 credit points each year and must do at least 120 credit points at third year.

Subjects you can Study:

Economics; Philosophy; Politics

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Related Careers:

Economist, Parliamentarian,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne 60.4 Yes Full time 3 years
Melbourne 60.4 Yes Part time 6 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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