The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics at Bond University is designed for those who want to make a meaningful contribution to society. It draws on legal policy, government, philosophy, and economics themes to prepare graduates for a career in public governance, public leadership and ultimately public influence.
Encompassing subjects from the Faculty of Law, Bond Business School and Faculty of Society & Design, this truly multi-disciplinary program will prepare adaptable students for the fast-paced global demands of the 21st century. During this degree you will study the global challenges faced by changing institutional and geo-political structures, search for practical solutions, draw on theory and history from economics, law and international relations, all set within the context of dynamic and multicultural value systems.
Students will study law, not to become a lawyer, but to become someone who can appreciate the transformative power of law reform. They will study philosophy to understand and appreciate distinct worldviews, as well as how they clash and how they work together. Students will study economics and accounting so that they can appraise financial statements with an educated and informed eye and understand the practical economic consequences of policy and the potential of economic reform.
Campus and Bond University Experience
For the past 15 years, Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide. This ranking recognises that there is a big difference between learning in large anonymous cohorts and working in small, discussion-based classes where you will be mentored through your studies by world-renowned academics and industry practitioners.
You will develop high level interpersonal and employability skills – communication, leadership, ethics – through Bond’s unique core subjects and Beyond Bond program that is part of every undergraduate degree. In the Transformer program - another only-at-Bond experience – you’ll have the chance to work on real-life projects of your own choosing with students from across the University.
When it comes to planning your career path, the team at the Career Development Centre will work with you to find internships and work placements. As for your social life – Bond is renowned for it, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants, cafes and everyone’s favourite watering hole, Don’s Tavern, all right here on campus.
2021 Year 12 entry
To ensure students are not disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, current Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2021 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program.
- A truly multi-disciplinary program encompassing subjects from the Faculty of Law, Bond Business School and Faculty of Society & Design
- Gain a broad perspective on policy, philosophy, and economic issues
- Adapt with a changing world and bring great value to a workplace
- Gain immediate access to state-of-the-art resources
- Have the flexibility of choosing up to five elective subjects
About the program
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics is an inter-disciplinary degree equipping graduates with technical, practical and cultural knowledge and skills required for successful careers in public administration and the not-for-profit sector. It combines study in Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy with the flexibility of a five subject elective program. Show more
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics is an inter-disciplinary degree equipping graduates with technical, practical and cultural knowledge and skills required for successful careers in public administration and the not-for-profit sector. It combines study in Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy with the flexibility of a five subject elective program. The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics equips students for future positions in the public sector, including career opportunities in the public service, politics, public policy institutes, advocacy groups and the not-for-profit sector. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||International Relations and Humanities|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
- CORE11-002 Collaboration, Teams and Leadership (CORE 2)
- CORE11-003 Responsibility, Integrity and Civic Discourse (CORE 3)
Required Subjects (16)
Students must complete the following (16) subjects:
- Introduction to International Relations
- Political Economy
- Australian Public and Foreign Policy
- Public Diplomacy and Social Media
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Understanding East Asian Cultures
- Cultural and Ethical Values
- Political Philosophy: Freedom, Justice and the State
- Accounting for Decision Making
- Principles of Economics
- Contemporary Macroeconomics Issues
- International Trade
- Legal Foundations A
- Legal Foundations B
- Contemporary Issues in Law & Society
- Australian Government and Politics
General Electives (5)
Choice of five (5) General Electives from the list of available undergraduate subjects from across the University. Students are encouraged to take an Internship as a general elective.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $15,560* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $93,360
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Entry score for 2021 entry
|Min ATAR||Min OP||Min IB|
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2020.
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
2021 Year 12 Entry
To ensure students are not disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, current Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2021 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program. Find out more.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics has been designed to prepare students to stand out in future positions in the public sector, including career opportunities in the public service, politics, public policy institutes, advocacy groups and the not-for-profit sector.
Graduates could be by working in international organisations to create a more just, peaceful and prosperous world, or working in the not-for-profit sector to address social problems, in government or for a political party.
In a rapidly changing career landscape, graduates will find exciting opportunities in a range of roles, including some that may not exist yet. Some roles include:
- Policy Officer
- Senior Advisor
- Legal Research Officer
- Public Policy Officer
- Public Advocacy Fellow
- Working in government to improve the community’s well-being and safety
- Working in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector to address social problems
- Working in international organisations to create a more just, peaceful and prosperous world, or
- Working for a political party to advance the causes related to justice, freedom, environmental security and community welfare
For more Australian Public Service (APS) careers, visit APS JOBS
As a graduate of Bond’s Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics, you will have a competitive edge in your career. Employer satisfaction with graduates from Bond University has been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training.
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