ATAR and location: Melbourne: 60.4
Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent3 years
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.
You'll develop a broad and sophisticated knowledge base that will allow you to analyse policy debates and societal challenges and opportunities. You will develop particular strengths in being able to understand debates in, and interrelationships across, politics, philosophy and economics (PPE).
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 opinion shapers. La Trobe’s PPE degree is Australia's most established PPE degree. We have developed a flexible degree that develops your knowledge of each PPE discipline and also equips you with the skills to apply this knowledge to analyse real-world problems.
We've designed the curriculum in collaboration with industry leaders and professional bodies so as to maximise the level of social relevance and innovation. You'll learn from a team of experienced and passionate academics.
Explore the big ideas from the humanities and social sciences. You'll enhance your capacity to understand and evaluate competing claims about the world and to formulate effective and innovative responses to social and economic challenges.
The PPE degree is designed to develop your cognitive flexibility, social intelligence, resilience, curiosity and empathy – key attributes needed for effective leadership, decision making and analysis. You'll have the opportunity to join the student-led PPE Society and attend their regular social meetings and high-profile public events.
A degree in PPE prepares you for a career in the public, private or non-profit sectors. Such careers include:
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 Advance 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: