Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

  • 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    3 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July.

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 our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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
2021 CSP ATAR 74.05
2021 CSP IB 26
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 25
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 67.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 85.05
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.55
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 74.05
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 90.25
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.6
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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 15.6%
(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 15.6%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
14 43.8%
  • 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)
<5 N/A
International students <5 N/A
All students 32 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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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
S1











S2
6 units from the following:

-ARTS 3202 Research-based Internship (6 units)

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

OR

3 units from the following

-ARTS 3100 Community Engagement Learning Project

- ARTS 3201/EX Industry Internship

- PROF 3500/OL Undergraduate Professions Internship

plus

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.

Further Study

Testimonial

This is the only South Australian University that offers a Bachelor in PPE. I've enjoyed gaining and expanding knowledge about topics I feel passionate about. I think the three study areas fit and aid each other well, I found that I use knowledge about each in all my courses.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021