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Bachelor of  Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Program code: 2412
QTAC code: 714112
CRICOS code: 092442A


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Follow in the footsteps of world leaders including former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser with the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours).

  • The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) is an elite four-year program that combines broad and rigorous cross-disciplinary training in politics, philosophy and economics.
  • Study advanced courses in economic principles, theories and tools; reasoning, argumentation and ethics; and public policy, governance, international relations and world politics.
  • Join a small, motivated and high-achieving group of students who aspire to leadership roles. You’ll study together as PPE specialists, drawing on your knowledge of history, society, politics and economics to examine current and future global challenges.
  • Choose to major in politics, philosophy or economics from your second year to prepare for a career in economic analysis, policy-making, political leadership, public commentary, international affairs or the diplomatic service.

Carve out a distinguished leadership career and help solve some of the world’s ‘wicked problems’ by drawing on your knowledge and expertise across three disciplines.

  • Why study

    We're one of a kind

    UQ is the only university in Queensland and one of only a handful in Australia to offer studies in PPE. Upon graduation, you’ll have a globally recognised AQF Level 8 degree, which will give you a competitive edge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience - UQ Abroad

    Students not undertaking a major in the BPPE(Hons) are encouraged to consider spending time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience.

    Find out more
  • Fast Facts

    Work closely with experts

    The program is taught through the School of Economics, the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and the School of Political Science and International Studies. Our schools are home to leading teachers and scholars who rank among the best in the world. 

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Majors for this program

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) you’ll be highly regarded for your finely tuned research, analytical, critical reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

Professional opportunities exist across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in fields including economic analysis, policy-making and political leadership, public commentary, international affairs and diplomatic services.  

Employers might include:

  • financial institutions,
  • stockbroking firms,
  • merchant banks,
  • international organisations,
  • diplomatic and foreign services,
  • public sector departments and agencies,
  • industry associations and trade unions,
  • business councils,
  • defence and intelligence services, and
  • community service providers. 

You‘ll also be well prepared for postgraduate study. You may choose to further your research ambitions by enrolling in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program in Australia or abroad, where you‘ll continue to develop your skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Employability

    Take the next step

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll stand out as a leader in your field. Previous economics honours graduates have gone on to receive full scholarships at universities including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and UC Berkeley.

  • Employability

    Build a professional reputation

    It's possible the thesis you write as an honours student will be publishable and make a significant contribution to the field. This means your research might establish your professional reputation – and potentially act as a gateway for future jobs.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Mathematics B or C.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Economic Society of Australia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


The study of economics is central to an understanding of business, markets, trade, government policies, international issues, globalisation, health, development, and the environment. This major is for anyone with an interest in becoming an analyst, adviser, or economist in either the public or private sector. As a student in this major, you'll undertake advanced-level coursework in microeconomics or macroeconomics, including relevant study of econometrics.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this major typically build economics-focused careers in business, finance, international development, management, or research.


The study of philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in a range of areas of inquiry including epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education, and politics. You’ll receive intellectual training in the critical evaluation of theories and arguments, and learn how to construct arguments and communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way. You’ll also acquire advanced analytical reasoning skills and general problem-solving abilities. In addition, philosophy will help you develop sound methods of research and analysis that can be applied in your other courses.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this major typically have careers in fields including diplomatic and foreign affairs, the arts, financial services, business, law, public policy, social science, teaching, and academia.


Every economy in the world today is “mixed” in the sense that market and state combine to provide goods and services, while government oversees the regulation of markets. As a result, even businesses in the most competitive markets need to engage with policy-makers and bureaucrats. As a student in this major you’ll study the interactions of state and market in great detail through case studies of particular policies and institutions, and at a more general level through theories of governance and politics.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this major typically have careers in policy-making circles, such as government, the public sector, the NGO sector, and business.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,064
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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