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.

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Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank

New in 2019

2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels


2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents 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.

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