Why study Philosophy?

Philosophy studies key questions about the nature of reality and knowledge and how we should live in the world. Explore issues such as the causes and nature of things, the principles governing existence, the material universe and human behaviour. Develop critical and clear thinking, analytic skills, communication, problem solving and an appreciation of different points of view.

La Trobe ranks 9th in Australia and in the top 200 in the world for our Philosophy subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). La Trobe’s Philosophy and Philosophy & Religious Studies research is ranked ‘at world standard’ (ERA 2015–2016 assessment).

Career opportunities

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

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: 50Albury-Wodonga: 56.9Bendigo: 53.3Mildura: NPShepparton: 56.55

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent3 years

Diploma of Arts

ATAR and location:Albury-Wodonga: NABendigo: NAMildura: NAShepparton: NA

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent1 year

Doctor of Philosophy

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time4 years

Master of Arts

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.2 years

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Other ways into undergraduate study

Learn how you can plan a pathway into your preferred degree, including single subject entry. See also La Trobe University Access and Equity programs which support a variety of ways into undergraduate study for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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