The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) provides graduates with a powerful combination of intellectual tools to understand and act in the world.

The PPE draws together the perspectives of three crucial academic disciplines to address contemporary national and global issues, such as justice, inequality and climate change.

Established at Oxford University in 1921, this highly sought-after degree has produced some of the most distinguished political and thought leaders in Australia, the UK and around the world. These include renowned Oxford alumni Malcolm Fraser and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Alongside carefully selected courses from the disciplines of Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics, PPE includes courses designed to enable you to explore the synergies and tensions between them, and to assess their relevance to meeting humanity's most difficult challenges.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree offers a distinct methodological suite of courses introducing students to critical techniques and modes of thinking specific to each discipline: politics, philosophy and economics. It will ensure you are capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in your analysis, critique and reflection, are able to embrace innovation, and are able to apply knowledge and skills to unique problems.

Who should choose this degree?

Global leaders who want to make a difference in the world.


  • Politics & International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Economics

Degree Structure

Students completing the PPE are required to complete 144 Units of Credit (UoC), including:

108 UoC of PPE courses which include 18 UoC (3 courses) of integrative PPE courses developed specifically for this program

And at least 30 UoC (5 courses) of nominated courses in each of Politics & International Relations, Philosophy and Economics, including a 24 UoC sequence of methodological courses focussing on fundamental skills and concepts from each of the three disciplines.

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Government agencies (including foreign affairs)
  • Political parties and lobby groups
  • Public service
  • NGOs
  • Social activist organisations

Work-integrated learning

The PPE provides you with key leadership skills and a pathway to international student experience. International experience has particular relevance to students seeking careers in NGOs, inter-governmental bodies and other transnational organisations with a focus on global problems such as justice, inequality and climate change.

Students are encouraged to undertake an internship as one of their free electives to assist with developing their careers.

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Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Advanced

Entry requirements

2020 Lowest Selection Rank 1


2021 Guaranteed Entry 2


2020 A levels 3


2020 IB Diploma 4


2020 Lowest ATAR 5


1. 2020 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.

2. 2021 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

3. 2020 A levels

The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

4. 2020 IB Diploma

The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.

5. 2020 Lowest ATAR

The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 4

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

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