Undergraduate

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

All important social issues have philosophical, political and economic dimensions.

90
Minimum ATAR
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Majors available

The learning experience

UWA facilities include lecture theatres, case study rooms and break-out areas for group work and individual study.

Careers and further study

BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Career pathways

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. 

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Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Career opportunities

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Further study

Graduates may be interested in our selection of Masters or PhD programs in the areas of economics, philosophy, politics, public policy or education. The Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is also ideal preparation for those continuing onto study our Juris Doctor.  
BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

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 information

If 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.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Quick details

Degree specific majors
  • 0
Minimum ATAR
  • 90
Intake
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years
CRICOS CODE
  • 102865B

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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Course structure

Students do not choose a major in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and will be required to complete the sequence of units as outlined below.
Important issues – climate change, healthcare, political participation, taxation and much more besides – have philosophical, political, and economic dimensions. UWA's Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme is a challenging and rigorous programme which equips students to engage with such issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students receive a thorough grounding in each of the three disciplines, and will examine the ways in which insights from each area of study can fruitfully inform scholarship in the others. Students will also study the intertwined history of philosophy, politics, and economics, and develop invaluable critical thinking and analytical skills essential for success in the modern workplace. 


LEVEL 1

 
Take all units (24 points):

LEVEL 2

 
Take all units (30 points):
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
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LEVEL 3

 
Take all units (18 points):
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

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Hear about our degree 

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Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

 

BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

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. 

 

BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

First in Western Australia

The Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is unique to The University of Western Australia. No other WA University offers an interdisciplinary programme of this kind. 
BACHELOR OF PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Industry connected

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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.