ATAR and location:Melbourne: 60.5
Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)
Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Most of the big challenges and opportunities that face the contemporary world are strongly political, philosophical and economic in nature. Become a leader, adviser or analyst who can offer a well-founded perspective on how best to understand and respond to the big issues of our age.
If you have a strong intellectual curiosity, a concern for social well-being, and a desire to understand and change your world, then our Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree is for you.
Develop your knowledge of political institutions and their history. Learn what it means to reason both rigorously and empathetically. Advance your understanding of how the economy works, in a world of globalised and interdependent markets. And then combine these perspectives, so as to grasp the tight interconnections between the economy, political institutions, and big ideas about justice.
First established at Oxford University in the 1920s, PPE degrees have an impressive record in producing some of the world's leading decision makers and critical thinkers. La Trobe's PPE degree is Australia's most established PPE degree.
By the end of your degree, you will be equipped to assume responsibilities for shaping progress in your society, and ready to tackle real-world challenges, including the impact of power on politics and the economy, the nature of inequality and its real-world effects, the concentration of wealth and opportunity, and the connections between economic growth, technological change, and a sustainable environment.
You will also have the flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests, as well as an opportunity to undertake an internship.
With human-centred skills, critical thinking abilities, and a nuanced understanding of economies, previous graduates of our PPE degree now work in Australia and overseas, across the public, private and non-profit sectors, as:
Find out about the experiences of one of our politics, philosophy and economics students.
PPE graduates have established careers the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. For example, La Trobe PPE graduates are employed at:
The wage of an PPE graduate can vary greatly based on your specialisation, position and organisation you find work in. Below is an estimation of the salary and career path of a entry-level public servant.
*Average salary range for roles located in Melbourne and Sydney, as advertised on Seek, 2017
Industry links are organisations that work with us to shape our curriculum and provide partnership and placement opportunities. We look for strong links with industry, schools, community groups and other stakeholders to ensure you develop the best theoretical and practical skills required in your chosen career.
Our business industry links consider La Trobe graduates for internships, placements and employment opportunities, as they know our teaching and content standards. Our business industry links include:
Going straight from school to university isn't an option for everyone. If you have not completed year 12, didn't get the score you needed or are working on ways to transition into tertiary education, we have options for you.
** Minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) required for entry into some courses. You may also be eligible for Advanced Standing
If you'd like some more information, contact our future students team on:
Or see alternative course pathways.
To major in PPE, you must complete the following:
You’ll learn from academics and Professors of Practice who have expertise across a range of industries and sectors. Our staff work with industry to:
Be career ready. You'll have the opportunity to put your learning into practice and broaden your industry network through undertaking the subject Professional Competence in the Workplace. While undertaking this subject, you'll work within organisations that have a strong interest in political and economic arenas. Your coordinator will oversee the selection of your workplace and the projects you'll be working on. The placement experience is highly tailored, so you'll gain real world skills in a supportive environment.
Give your qualification a global edge with international study. As a PPE student, you may be eligible for a number of opportunities, including study tours, international exchange and spending a semester studying at an overseas university. Previous International Study Programs have visited: