Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
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.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
The first Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics in Australia
Australia's most established PPE degree combines practical skills with the development of attributes that employers want.
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.
Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.
PPE graduates can find work in the public, private and non-profit sectors in positions as journalists, economic and social analysts, and political advisors.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re 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:
CRICOS code: 071901G