PhilosophyWhy do a short course in Philosophy?

Studying a single subject lets you:

  • Find other ways into a degree course
  • Update your professional knowledge
  • Follow a personal interest.

If you're interested in completing a single subject, you can study it in two ways:

  • Single subject: Attend lectures, tutorials and submit work for assessment and examination.
  • Audit subject: Attend the lecture for your chosen subject without submitting work for examination. A great option if you're studying for personal interest and not applying to a degree course.

While there is no guarantee of entry into a degree, many students have used successfully completed single subjects as the basis for entry. You may also be eligible for credit for the subjects you successfully complete.

Course information

Local students

For a list of available subjects, please visit the Philosophy page in the Handbook.

Please refer to the University timetable online to ensure the subject time is suitable.

How to apply

Read the information on how to apply or call us on 1300 135 045


The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

  • Single subjects: Use the fee calculator to calculate your single subject fees.
  • Audit subjects: Please contact us on 1300 135 045

International students

Contact us for further information: +61 3 9479 1199 or

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

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.