Philosophy

PhilosophyWhy study Philosophy?

If you are an undergraduate student with a strong academic record, Honours in Philosophy gives you the opportunity to pursue a year long program of study (two years part-time) which combines coursework and research in a specialised area of knowledge.  You can also elect to undertake a combined Honours year and gain expertise in two areas of study for a broad-ranging qualification.  Complete the Honours program with a high overall grade to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program, or, in cases of high achievement, direct entry into the PhD program.

Career opportunities

Academic, teacher, research, policy analyst, business analyst, project manager, Librarian, journalist, communications, counselling, social work.

Course information

Local students

Structure

Coursework

Two to three coursework subjects (60 credit points). Bachelor of Philosophy students enrolling in Honours are strongly encouraged to include second and third year subjects (at least 20 credit points) in each of the following: logic, ethics or political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, and philosophy of science before applying.

A thesis (12 000 words)

The writing of a thesis, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to honours following completion of the degree, you are expected to have completed at least 130 credit points of Philosophy subjects with a B average or better.  

How to apply

Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors, secure the agreement of a supervisor and then apply online.

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International students

Structure

Coursework

Two to three coursework subjects (60 credit points). Bachelor of Philosophy students enrolling in Honours are strongly encouraged to include second and third year subjects (at least 20 credit points) in each of the following: logic, ethics or political philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics, and philosophy of science before applying.

A thesis (12 000 words)

The writing of a thesis, carried out under the guidance of a supervisor. The thesis is designed to test your potential to conduct individual academic research, and conceive and carry out a research plan, to analyse and interpret data, to construct arguments, and produce a substantial piece of work.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to honours following completion of the degree, you are expected to have completed at least 130 credit points of Philosophy subjects with a B average or better.  

How to apply

Discuss ideas for a thesis topic with your lecturers and tutors, secure the agreement of a supervisor and then apply online.

Apply Now

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Philosophy events:

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics/International Relations and Bachelor of Commerce Masterclass

Join us at our newly finished Donald Whitehead Building to hear some of our academics and students speak on these excellent programs. This unique opportunity will enable you to experience first-hand the sort of learning activities students undertake in these programs.