single degree

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPPE
  • CRICOS code 077324K
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPPE
  • CRICOS code 077324K
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture not elsewh

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Politics Philosophy and Economics (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:



36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

PPEI4000 PPE Honours Research Methods
THES4103 Thesis

12 units from completion of courses from two of the following lists:

POLS4038 Comparative Political Institutions
POLS4039 Comparative Political Behaviour
POLS4040 Comparative Federalism
POLS4041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
PHIL4010 Advanced Topics in Philosophy
PHIL4011 Advanced Readings in Philosophy
PHIL4012 Topics in Philosophy

ECON4411 Microeconomic Theory
ECON4434 Public Sector Economics
ECON4491 The Economy, Politics and the State
ECON4418 Cost Benefit Analysis
ECON4447 Law and Economics
ECON4441 Labour Economics & Industrial Relations


Completion of one of the following specialisations:

Economics Honours
International Relations Honours
Philosophy Honours
Political Science Honours

The final Honours mark will be based on all of the courses taken towards the Honours plan and be calculated as follows:

Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero


Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Admission Requirements

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Politics Philosophy and Economics from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution, completed within the last two years:

  1. with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL), excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks, which must include 18 units from PHIL2116 and ECON3056 and one of the following: ECON2141, POLS2125 or POLS2130.
  2. Written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis
  3. and the satisfaction of any further requirements specified in the relevant honours specialisation.


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Adjustment Factors

Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Bachelor of Politics Philosophy and Economics (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Politics Philosophy and Economics, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research. You will develop an advanced knowledge of research principles, methods and theoretical concepts of politics, philosophy and economics, and design and implement a research project, namely a 20,000 word thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to politics, philosophy and economics;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to politics, philosophy and economics, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Further Information

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.

The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) plan HPPE is the CASS Associate Dean Students. All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.

Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:

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