Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


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.


  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Standard 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne International: $91,200 Yes No information available

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