Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334691
CRICOS 097520G

For big picture intellects

Understanding social complexities requires looking through more than one lens.

Students of philosophy, politics and economics are deeply acquainted with social and political institutions. They reason rigorously and reflect on moral and ethical values. They understand how resources must be managed and that economics influences everything.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics has a structure unique in South Australia, and highly regarded internationally. You will:

  • learn broadly across all three areas before focusing on your chosen discipline
  • analyse complex political and economic scenarios
  • critically debate morality, freedom and social justice
  • understand and develop responses to pressing real-world problems
  • benefit from contact and mentoring with experts and researchers
  • gain practical insights from guest speakers within political and business communities
  • career plan from early on and undertake an internship aligned with your goals.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate career-ready and prepared to problem-solve at all levels of intricacy. You could advise on policy, write it or run for government yourself. You might move into research or media commentary. Perhaps you’ll assist global businesses with decision making as a consultant, or lead them to success as a CEO.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334691
    2020 CSP ATAR 66.1
    2020 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 62.25
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 82.7
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.85
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.1
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 86.5
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2019). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334691

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    5 15.2%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    23 69.7%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 33 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 097520G
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July please note some core courses, electives and language part 1 courses may only be offered in semester 1. Please contact the Faculty of Arts for help with planning your degree.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 65%
    ISBE [India] 75%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1120
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 59%
    Monash Foundation Year 63.75%
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.4
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 54
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $13,536

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $35,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics are uniquely prepared to take the lead in tackling some of the toughest problems facing us today. They are equipped with deep disciplinary knowledge that enables them to model policy, business, and social challenges, to analyse their ethical dimensions, and to formulate practical and achievable solutions. Our graduates have great versatility in shaping their careers, choosing to pursue stimulating and successful careers in the public service, private sector, NGOs and the not-for-profit sector, or in academia.

    A background in Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a suitable preparation for work in many different areas such as: advertising, administration, banking and finance, business, community engagement, defence, diplomatic service, environmental management and planning, foreign affairs, humanitarian work, human resources, industry liaison, management, policy development, politics, project management, public relations, publishing, research, social planning, youth work, academia and teaching.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    The Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics provides students with opportunities to develop practical workplace readiness throughout the course of their degree. The core seminars involve topic-based work on real world issues, with the involvement of practitioners from business and government.

    The program requires the completion of an internship, giving students the opportunity to use knowledge from their university study in a practical work environment, build valuable networks and gain experience that counts towards their degree and also prepares them for their future careers.

    Potential careers

    Member of Parliament, Banker, Business Data Analyst, Commodities or Futures Trader, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Data Analyst, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Politician, Economic Researcher, Economist, Public Servant, Environmental Economist, Financial Adviser, Financial Services Officer, Statistician, Diplomat, Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, CEO, Fund and Portfolio Manager, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    2021 Indicative Sample Study Plan (DRAFT)
    Year 1
    S 1 PHIL 1101 Argument and Critical Thinking (Semester 1) OR
    PHIL 1110 Introduction to Logic (Semester 2) OR

    PHIL 1110OL Introduction to Logic (summer)
    PPE closed elective

    POLIS level I
    ECON 1012

    Principles of Economics I
    ECON 1005 Introduction to Mathematical Economics I (Semester 1 or 2) OR

    ECON 1010

    Mathematical Economic I

    (Semester 1 or 2)
    S 2 PHIL 1103 Morality, Society and the Individual PPE closed elective

    POLIS level I
    ECON 1008

    Data Analytics I (Semester 1 or 2)
    ARTS 1007/OL

    The Enquiring Mind

    (any semester or term)
    Year 2
    S1 PPE 2002

    Foundations of Public Policy
    ECON 2514

    Managerial Economics I

    (Semester 1 or 2)
    PPE closed elective

    PHIL level II
    PPE closed elective

    POLIS level II
    S2 POLIS 2106 Justice, Virtue and the Good OR

    POLIS 2107 Passions and Interests: the history of greed OR
    POLIS 2109 The Ethics of War and Peace
    ECON 2507

    Intermediate Macroeconomics

    (Semester 1 or 2)
    PPE closed elective

    PHIL level II
    Major Area – Level II
    Year 3

    6 units from the following:

    -ARTS 3202 Research-based Internship (6 units)

    -POLIS 3111EX South Australian Parliamentary Internship (6 units)


    3 units from the following

    -ARTS 3100 Community Engagement Learning Project

    - ARTS 3201/EX Industry Internship

    - PROF 3500/OL Undergraduate Professions Internship


    3 units from approved level III courses
    Major Area – Level III

    Major Area – Level III

    PPE 3002

    Collective Action and Public Policy        6 units

    Major Area – Capstone from the following:   

          - PHIL 3033 Key Texts in Philosophy     6 units

          - POLIS 3106 Public Policy Research Project      6 units

          - ECON 3535 Economic Policy Analysis III, plus 3 units ECON level III not already counting towards the major.

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2021