Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Choose Politics, Philosophy and Economics at La Trobe

La Trobe's philosophy, politics and international studies subjects are ranked in the international top 200.*

  • The first university in Australia to offer this prestigious degree for tomorrow’s decision-makers and opinion shapers.
  • Political, philosophical and economic (PPE) dimensions are critical to every issue in contemporary society.
  • Develop a broad knowledge base to resolve practical policy problems using research and evidence-based solutions.
  • Combines intellectual depth, real-world knowledge and practical skills.
  • Considerable flexibility to tailor the degree to suit your interests.
*QS World University 2016 Rankings

Career opportunities

La Trobe graduates are well prepared to work across the public, private and non-profit sectors in:

  • public service
  • politics
  • journalism
  • think-tanks
  • NGOs.

La Trobe PPE graduates are working in:

  • Department of Prime Minister
  • Cabinet
  • Grattan Institute
  • Department of Education.

What you'll learn

  • The political, economic and philosophical dimensions to major real world challenges.
  • The interrelationships between each area and how they each apply to policy.
  • Critical and analytical thinking, communication and negotiation skills and the ability to work well within teams.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2017 indicative: AUD$6,349 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2017 indicative: AUD$26,500 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

International living expenses

Other than tuition fees, you should consider living and accommodation costs when planning your budget.

Course structure

There is considerable flexibility to tailor the degree to suit your interests. Along with core and elective subjects from economics, philosophy and politics you also have the option to undertake electives in other disciplines.

First year subjects

Semester 1Semester 2
Australian Politics: Government and SocietyBusiness Economics
Politics, Philosophy and EconomicsRecessions, Inflation and Economic Growth
Philosophical ProblemsPhilosophy core subject
Politics core subjectElective

For full details, see the Politics, Philosophy and Economics entry in the Handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

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