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 law, 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 and 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.
The Faculty of Law at Bond University is recognised as one of Australia’s leading law schools.
With a focus on teaching both the substance and skills of the law, it offers a premier law education experience through small, personalised classes where academics know their students by name, outstanding facilities in the multi-million dollar Legal Skills Centre, and the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws.
What sets Bond’s Law degree apart is that the practical ‘lawyering’ skills – legal writing and reasoning, oral communication, advocacy, dispute resolution, negotiation, research, legal ethics and professionalism – are embedded throughout the program.
You’ll also have the opportunity to gain practical experience through internships.
And, of course, Bond Law is renowned for its mooting teams who have earned accolades in national and international competitions.
This unique combination of practical application, industry networking and global opportunities are why Bond Law graduates are recruited by leading national and international law firms and corporations including PwC, MinterEllison, KPMG and the Macquarie Group.
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.
2022 Year 12 entry
In a disrupted world, Year 12 students have shown incredible resilience in adapting to the ongoing challenges presented by the events of recent years. Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2022 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
- A pathway to admission as a legal practitioner in conjunction with the Graduate Diploma in legal Practice
- 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
- Practical Skills and Professionalism Program embedded throughout your degree
- Opportunities to gain legal work experience through the Bond Law Clinic Program and participate in an outstanding Mooting Program
- Gain a broad perspective on policy, philosophy, and economic issues
About the program
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics is an inter-disciplinary program combining studies in Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy. You will be equiped with the technical, practical and cultural knowledge and skills required for successful careers in public administration and the not-for-profit sector. Show more
The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics is an inter-disciplinary program combining studies in Law, Politics, Economics and Philosophy. You will be equiped with the technical, practical and cultural knowledge and skills required for successful careers in public administration and the not-for-profit sector. The Bachelor of Policy, Philosophy and Economics prepares you 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. The Bachelor of Laws prepares students for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas. It provides students with a thorough grounding in essential areas of substantive law and access to a wide choice of law elective subjects, including the option of completing a specialisation. An integrated skills and professionalism program is embedded in the degree and focuses on core legal skills essential to the practice of law. The Bachelor of Laws provides an engaging learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Show less
|Mode||On Campus, Online|
|Duration||10 semesters (3 years 4 months)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Entry score for 2021 entry
|Min ATAR||Min OP||Min IB|
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.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.
2022 Year 12 entry
In a disrupted world, Year 12 students have shown incredible resilience in adapting to the ongoing challenges presented by the events of recent years. Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2022 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)
- 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.
The Bachelor of Laws, in conjunction with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, is an approved degree for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia. Once admitted, graduates can work as a legal practitioner.
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:
- In-House Counsel
- 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
The Bachelor of Laws, in conjunction with the required Professional Legal Training (such as Bond’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) is an approved degree for admission as a legal practitioner in all Australian jurisdictions.
It prepares graduates to pursue legal careers in the public or private sector, as solicitors, barristers, government lawyers and in-house counsel. Bond Law graduates are employed in top-tier firms throughout Australia and overseas, including Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK and the USA.
Legal qualifications are also an excellent foundation for high level careers in a diverse range of related fields including finance, accounting, management consulting, human resources, politics, investment banking, advocacy, the police force and the criminal justice system.
To be admitted to legal practice in Australia, Bachelor of Laws graduates will need to complete a Professional Legal Training (PLT) program, such as Bond’s Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP).
Bond’s GDLP program is based on the competency standards for entry level lawyers developed by the admitting authorities and the Australian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC).
The GDLP can be completed online. The program combines the practical, legal and professional skills needed to bridge the gap between being a law student and practising as a lawyer. It also includes a law placement with students determining if they would like to complete a short placement or a longer placement.
Additional postgraduate study options in law include:
The Graduate Diploma is an approved degree for the purposes of admission as a lawyer in Australia.
The accrediting body in Queensland is the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (LPAB). Further information on becoming a legal practitioner in Queensland is available from the Queensland Law Society.
Students wishing to practise law overseas must check the qualification and admission requirements in the particular jurisdiction in which they intend to practise.
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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