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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Overview

Explore global policy challenges and get ready for a leadership career in business, politics, the NGO sector or academia.

This program combines studies in history, society, politics, philosophy and economics — all important for careers in public life.

You'll study with other motivated and high-achieving students to examine current and future global challenges and the world’s most pressing problems.

You'll be taught be teachers who have received the disproportionate share of Australia’s honours, competitive research grants and fellowships. 

With your finely tuned research, analytical and problem-solving skills, you'll be prepared for analytical and decision-making roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
714112
Program Code
2412
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$42272 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
714112
Program Code
2412
CRICOS Code
092442A
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at the only university in Queensland to offer a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours).
  • Learn from internationally renowned scholars from multiple disciplines.
  • Benefit from a program that combines rigorous cross-disciplinary training and explores global policy challenges.

57 in the world for business and economics

U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2019

5 in Australia for economics and business

U.S News Best Global Universities Rankings 2019

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Australian Politics
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Introduction to Ethics

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Economics, policy and social analyst
  • Public commentator
  • Political adviser
  • Economic policy adviser
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Financial adviser
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public policy adviser
  • Public policy researcher

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
49437

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 201.47 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B PoliticsPhilosophyEcon(Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median4 / 944 / 95
Lowest6 / 894 / 94

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

2337.7%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
3659.02%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

00%

Total

61100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, 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.

You'll undertake advanced-level coursework in microeconomics or macroeconomics, including econometrics.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

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Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles. 

You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

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Politics

Politics includes studies of political structures, processes and policies in Australia as well as other societies.

You'll learn about the ideas and ideologies that shape political decision-making, and the approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution in the international system. You'll study the interactions of state and market through case studies, and at a more general level through studying theories of governance and politics.

When you graduate, you'll understand the institutions that govern society and solve collective action problems.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Economics

Economics is central to understanding issues relating to business, markets, trade, governments, 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.

You'll undertake advanced-level coursework in microeconomics or macroeconomics, including econometrics.

When you graduate, you could start a career as an analyst, adviser or economist in the public and private sectors, whether in business, finance, international development, management or research.

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Philosophy

Philosophy will introduce you to key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies, you'll develop and use analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles. 

You'll also study the philosophy of areas like art, science, education and politics, and learn about different research methods and analysis, which you'll use across your degree.

View

Politics

Politics includes studies of political structures, processes and policies in Australia as well as other societies.

You'll learn about the ideas and ideologies that shape political decision-making, and the approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution in the international system. You'll study the interactions of state and market through case studies, and at a more general level through studying theories of governance and politics.

When you graduate, you'll understand the institutions that govern society and solve collective action problems.

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Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,272

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) is 714112.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) is 2412.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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