Journalism

Why study Journalism?

Social media and the internet have revolutionised the quantities of information generated and shared around the world – but have also heightened the demand for high quality information. Journalism and professional communication courses offer a wealth of career opportunities, from reporting roles with traditional media, to production roles in new media, to public relations and communication roles in organisations across the community.

La Trobe's journalism courses offer a thorough grounding in the past and current roles of media as well as the practical aspects of content development – with a strong emphasis on industry experience. Each program offers opportunities for internships and work placements, as well as education and tuition to equip graduates with the skills required for a media career.

Study the social, political, economic and cultural role of the media. Learn about print, broadcast and online journalism and digital media. Develop skills in research, writing, editing and production.

If you are interested in studying journalism, we've prepared a list of frequently asked questions that both current and prospective students have about journalism at La Trobe.

Media and Communication Welcome

Career opportunities

Television, film, radio, print and online production, journalism, media law, marketing, advertising, teaching, communications, industry funding organisations, campaign or advocacy officer, media expert, policy and research officer (Government, business, academic, NGO).

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017 - apply now

Bachelor of Media and Communication
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2017
About this course
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) may apply for membership with Public Relations Institute of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

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.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.


Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry may be available.

2016 clearly-in ATARs for each major
Journalism: 60.15
Media Industries: 51.45
Public Relations: 54.95
Sport Journalism: 60.55
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 70.85
Year
2017
About this course
Gain an in-depth understanding of how society is structured and how it functions with this three-year course.

Our 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 you with skills in analysis and critical thinking, economic theory in relation to globalisation, markets and competition, and international relations.

In your 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'll have the flexibility to choose from electives across the University, building a degree that's tailored to your specific interests. Alongside lectures, you'll 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 our partner universities in over 30 countries.

You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group A for more details.
Career opportunities
PPE graduates can find work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in positions as journalists, economic and social analysts, and political advisors.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
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.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business or any Mathematics equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

2018

Bachelor of Media and Communication
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2018
About this course
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
Career opportunities
You'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, film making, screenwriting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) may apply for membership with Public Relations Institute of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

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.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only): applicants with ATARs of 85 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes.

If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course.


Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, Legal Studies or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry may be available.

2016 clearly-in ATARs for each major
Journalism: 60.15
Media Industries: 51.45
Public Relations: 54.95
Sport Journalism: 60.55
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. Please note that you can only apply direct to La Trobe if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Melbourne 70.85
Year
2018
About this course
Gain an in-depth understanding of how society is structured and how it functions with this three-year course.

Our 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 you with skills in analysis and critical thinking, economic theory in relation to globalisation, markets and competition, and international relations.

In your 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'll have the flexibility to choose from electives across the University, building a degree that's tailored to your specific interests. Alongside lectures, you'll 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 our partner universities in over 30 countries.

You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group A for more details.
Career opportunities
PPE graduates can find work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in positions as journalists, economic and social analysts, and political advisors.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
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.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business or any Mathematics equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. Please note that you can only apply direct to La Trobe if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017 - apply now

Bachelor of Media and Communication (086278C)

Duration :
3 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: a minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or better in the Test of Written English or

TOEFL Internet-based Test: a minimum score of 96 with a minimum score for Speaking, Listening, Reading of 20, Writing of 24 or
La Trobe Melbourne (LTM) Foundation Studies 80% final result in course.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
ATAR - Please refer to the additional information section.
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 8
MICSS (UEC) - 5.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO: see the website
If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) may apply for membership with Public Relations Institute of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details
Career opportunities
Depending on which major you enrol in, you'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, screenwriting, reporting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms and developing public relations campaigns. Our journalism graduates have gone on to roles in print, broadcast and online journalism. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (071901G)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
26 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Gain an in-depth understanding of how society is structured and how it functions with this three-year course.

Our 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 you with skills in analysis and critical thinking, economic theory in relation to globalisation, markets and competition, and international relations.

In your 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'll have the flexibility to choose from electives across the University, building a degree that's tailored to your specific interests. Alongside lectures, you'll 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 our partner universities in over 30 countries.

You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group A for more details.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 70.45
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - CCC
STPM - 8
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 3.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 60
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 7.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Applicants with comparable qualifications will be considered.
Career opportunities
PPE graduates can find work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in positions as journalists, economic and social analysts, and political advisors.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

2018

Bachelor of Media and Communication (086278C)

Duration :
3 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 800
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
La Trobe University's Bachelor of Media and Communication allows you to specialise in Journalism, Media Industries, Sport Journalism or Public Relations.

You'll practice writing and producing compelling stories for different audiences across formats such as video, audio, and online platforms including blogs and mobile applications. You'll also develop skills in using social media, and learn how audiences are both challenging and changing today's media landscape. We offer a third-year internship that gives you hands-on experience relevant to your major in the media industry.

Your lecturers include industry professionals from a range of media backgrounds. Depending on your major, you'll work in our on-campus strategic communications agency, contribute to our own publication, upstart, and have access to the latest AV production equipment, a three-camera TV studio and 24-hour digital editing suites, and a full audio recording studio.

You can complement your media and communications subjects with a range of electives including politics, languages, media production, history and English, or by choosing electives from across the University in areas such as economics, commerce, science, information technology and health. You'll also develop an understanding of the media's social, political and economic roles, and the role you will play as a media and communications specialist.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 6.5.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: a minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or better in the Test of Written English or

TOEFL Internet-based Test: a minimum score of 96 with a minimum score for Speaking, Listening, Reading of 20, Writing of 24 or
La Trobe Melbourne (LTM) Foundation Studies 80% final result in course.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
ATAR - Please refer to the additional information section.
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 8
MICSS (UEC) - 5.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
WASSCE - 4
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO: see the website
If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Bachelor of Media and Communication (Public Relations) may apply for membership with Public Relations Institute of Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details
Career opportunities
Depending on which major you enrol in, you'll be skilled to take up roles in TV and audio production, digital content, screenwriting, reporting, social media and emerging digital content production platforms and developing public relations campaigns. Our journalism graduates have gone on to roles in print, broadcast and online journalism. Our media graduates have gone on to work as an Executive Producer with Channel 9 and an event consultant at International Musicians League, New York.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (071901G)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 200
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Gain an in-depth understanding of how society is structured and how it functions with this three-year course.

Our 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 you with skills in analysis and critical thinking, economic theory in relation to globalisation, markets and competition, and international relations.

In your 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'll have the flexibility to choose from electives across the University, building a degree that's tailored to your specific interests. Alongside lectures, you'll 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 our partner universities in over 30 countries.

You can apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through our Hallmark Scholars Program. See the listing for Hallmark Course Group A for more details.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - a minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum for SLR 18; W 22;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B (EFS5 UG minimum 60 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 60 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): a minimum score of 57 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a pass grade of C or higher;

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 70.45
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - CCC
STPM - 8
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 3.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 60
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 7.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. Applicants with comparable qualifications will be considered.
Career opportunities
PPE graduates can find work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in positions as journalists, economic and social analysts, and political advisors.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Journalism placement opportunities

A media internship (MST3INT) is available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Media Studies and the Bachelor of Journalism. In this unit, students will develop contacts with, and work in, a media organisation. Students will develop an understanding of issues internal to the organisation such as its goals, structure, management and work practices.

Overseas study opportunities

La Trobe University has exchange arrangements with universities world-wide. The Media Studies Program has specific arrangements with Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Also, our students have studied at a range of University of California campuses.  To learn more, please visit the Study Abroad program.

Student work

upstart is a project of La Trobe's Journalism, Media Studies and Cinema Studies programs. The site showcases the writing of emerging journalists.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences or focus on staff in Journalism.

Journalism events:

Asia's reckoning

China, Japan, the U.S., and Global Power