Degree type

Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Commerce

Pursue your passions and maximise your career options with our combined bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Commerce. You'll graduate with two degrees in just four years, with a Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics where you will take the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Extended Major), and a Bachelor of Commerce where you'll choose a major from a wide range of options.

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Quick details

Course code
TISC code
February and July
4 years
Minimum ATAR or equivalent
English Language Competence
Refer to relevant major/s

Related study areas

This course is currently available for domestic students only.


Why study this course?

In a competitive employment market, you will maximise your career options by developing a thorough grounding and interdisciplinary view of Philosophy, Politics and Economics along with strong business and commercial skills. You will graduate with two qualifications, having cut two years off the time it takes you to study two degrees. If you decide either degree isn’t right for you, you can exit one and complete the other.

What will I learn?

UWA's Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a challenging and rigorous course of study which will equip you to engage with issues such as climate change, healthcare, political participation, taxation and more from an interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll approach these issues through a critical and analytical lens essential for success in the modern workplace. 

Combine this with a Bachelor of Commerce where you will develop your analytical, communication and problem-solving skills, providing you with a global perspective on business and preparing you to pursue a career within the business, government or not-for-profit sectors.

Course structure

You will combine the following major from the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics: 

With one of the following Bachelor of Commerce majors:

You can also include minors and elective units in your degree. Learn more about what makes up your degree with Our Courses Explained.

Study plan example

Combined bachelors degree with foundational units

1ST YEAR SEM 1 Exd major Exd major Found. Major 2
SEM 2 Exd major Exd major Found. Major 2
2ND YEAR SEM 1 Exd major Exd major Found. Major 2
SEM 2 Exd major Exd major Found. Major 2
3RD YEAR SEM 1 Exd major Exd major Elective Major 2
SEM 2 Exd major Exd major Elective Major 2
4th YEAR SEM 1 Exd major Exd major Exd major Major 2
SEM 2 Exd major Exd major Exd major Major 2

Key    CyanExtended major    GreenSecond major    OrangeFoundational    YellowElective    

Careers and employability

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Bachelor of Commerce are well placed for the job market. Their comprehensive critical analysis and interdisciplinary skills in philosophy, politics and economics and their ability to apply these in a corporate environment will open pathways to a large variety of carers in business, government and not-for-profit sectors. 


Potential jobs

  • Diplomat
  • Economic/political journalist
  • Management consultants
  • Managing director
  • Policy adviser

Fees and scholarships

Domestic Students - Full Fee Paying (FFP) & Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points (courses may teach up to 72 points in a year).

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course type to find out more.

Student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For a fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”. Annual fees are subject to annual indexation.

Course credit points
Average annual fee - 2023

Typical fee range - 2023
$4,124 - $15,142

Domestic students who are eligible for a Commonwealth-supported place can use the HECS-HELP loan scheme to pay their tuition fees.


International Students - onshore

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course credit points - 2023
Total course fee - 2023



Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to:

  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 92 or equivalent
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfying any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

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. Find out the admissions pathways for School Leavers and Non-School Leavers.

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