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Do you have an interest in philosophy and economics?

Our Foundational offering is aimed at university students who are keen to develop a well-rounded understanding of Australian contemporary issues.

Over the course of the program, you will develop a keen appreciation of individual liberty and responsibility, limited government and free market economics.

All program scholars attend the same comprehensive seminar series. You will travel domestically and internationally to further your understanding of market-based solutions to economic and social issues.

The 6-month program culminates in a 2-week global study tour which will put to the test what you have learnt over the course of your LDP experience.


All dates are for 2021 unless otherwise stated.

COVID-19 Disclaimer:
Please note that all travel opportunities will be subject to government restrictions.


To be eligible for enrolment in the LDP, you must:

  • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student (part-time or full-time) at a Western Australian university*;
  • Hold either Australian citizenship or permanent residency**;
  • Be based in Western Australia.

*We accept students from The University of Western Australia, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Edith Cowan University students.

**International students are unfortunately not eligible; in very rare circumstances, an exception may be made. However, international students are very welcome to attend our seminars and events.

Above all, Mannkal values entrepreneurship and enthusiasm for a free and open society. We consider students from across all faculties, departments and backgrounds. Course marks are one consideration, but this should not exclude students who have made contributions in other areas. Aspects of the LDP benefit from a formal study of economics and public policy, but a keen interest and awareness of the philosophical concepts behind these subjects is more important.

Places are subject to availability and may change without notice.