Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
All important social issues have philosophical, political and economic dimensions.
Careers and further study
Students with interdisciplinary expertise are highly attractive to employers of many kinds. Graduates will be competitive for jobs in a wide range of fields in industry and government. Throughout history, many influential people have undertaken study in the philosophy, politics and economics disciplines including three former Australian Prime Ministers.
To be considered for this course you need to:
- achieve the University’s minimum entry score
- demonstrate English language competence
- satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)
View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.
Direct Pathway informationIf you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Direct Pathways. A Direct Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.
Admission entry to UWA
We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.
About the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
All important social issues—climate change, health care, inequality, political participation, criminal justice and much more besides—have philosophical, political and economic dimensions. UWA's Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a challenging and rigorous course of study which equips students to engage with these issues from a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective.
- February and July
- 3 years
Put theory into practice
Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.
Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.
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You'll learn to
- apply the tools of each discipline to problems with political, philosophical and economic dimensions (e.g. inequality, criminal justice, climate change) and so learn to think about complex social issues in a genuinely interdisciplinary manner
- study how insights from each of the three disciplines bear upon issues in the others
- exercise invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills, and see how they can be deployed in a wide variety of contexts
Meet a Philosopher
Dr Lachlan Umbers teaches the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at UWA. His research lies at the intersection of political science and philosophy and is concentrated upon issues of pressing social and political significance, particularly democratic institutions of political participation such as compulsory voting as well as the topic of climate justice.
Why study Philosophy, Politics and Economics
- UWA is the only university in Western Australia to offer a Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
- Students will study all three disciplines with leading experts in their respective fields – in particular, academics whose research straddles the three disciplines
- The program includes specially designed interdisciplinary units of study, where students will bring the tools of all three disciplines to bear upon pressing social, political and economic questions
First in Western Australia
Our Business School courses are influenced by the Business School Board, a group of industry leaders who ensure content remains current and students are prepared for their chosen career when entering the workforce as well as giving a key insight into what employers are looking for when hiring graduates.
Strong industry contacts will give you the added advantage of growing quality networks to draw on when you graduate. We have 30+ corporate supporters, who have included ATCO, Bankwest, BDO, BHP, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Macquarie Group, Mitsubishi, UniBank, Woodside and more.