Master of Philosophy (Philosophy & Theology)

School of Philosophy & Theology, Fremantle Campus

Do you have a burning passion for the study of philosophy and theology? Do you have untapped insights that you wish to share with the world? If so, a Master of Philosophy (Philosophy & Theology) from The University of Notre Dame Australia could be the ideal degree for you. Designed to be completed in 18 months of full-time study, this degree consists of four practical research courses, a major research project and access to a university-based supervisor to oversee your research project.

  • Why study this degree?

    Here at Notre Dame, we are proud to give students the opportunity to contribute to the exploration and communication of researched inquiry about the reality of the world, knowable by reason (philosophy). In particular, our Master of Philosophy (Philosophy & Theology) builds on a rich history of philosophical knowledge and the implications of the Church’s deposit of faith through Scripture and Tradition.

    The coursework component of this degree consists of four compulsory research training subjects to be completed as a prerequisite for your individual research project. These courses will give you opportunities to formulate substantial elements of your planned research, and to develop your personal competencies in critical analysis and scholarly writing. This will be followed by the creation of your research piece, which must significantly contribute to the current discourse on philosophy and theology.

    When you undertake a research degree through the School of Philosophy & Theology, you will have access to supervisors who are experienced in their field and genuinely committed to your success. From the moment you undertake this exciting program, your supervisor will assist you with the preparation stages of your research proposal, guide you through the research phase and provide feedback until your thesis is submitted.

  • Program summary

    To be eligible for the award of Master of Philosophy students must complete:

    • Up to 100 units of credit comprising RSCH7003 (or equivalent unit approved by the Dean)
      and up to three 25 units of credit of research training coursework courses as decided in
      consultation with the Dean or delegate.
    • A minimum of a credit average in the coursework courses is required to maintain satisfactory
      progress in the degree.
    • RSCH7003 (or equivalent course approved by the Dean) must be completed with at least a
      credit grade in the first semester of full-time or equivalent enrolment.
    • Supervised Research courses totaling 200 units of credit.

    NB. Students of the School of Philosophy and Theology Fremantle take PHTH6001 Research Methods in Philosophy and Theology in place of RSCH7003.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants will usually have to fulfil the following criteria:

    • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, which has been completed at a high credit standard and which demonstrates the applicant’s potential to undertake and complete research-based study.

    • Have an equivalent academic background or extensive professional experience that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Master's level.
    • Candidates may be required to satisfy the Dean of the School of the ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study.
  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The Research Training Program (RTP) provides block grants to support students who are undertaking a Higher Degree by Research such as a Research Doctorate or Research Masters degree. You will receive support for a maximum of two years for a Research Masters and a maximum of four years for a Research Doctorate degree. Your offer will specify for which purpose(s) your grant may be used. This may include offset of your tuition fees, as a stipend for general living costs or as an allowance related to the ancillary cost of research degrees.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic students

    According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Prospectus for current cost per year to complete a Master’s degree. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) or the University equivalent International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS), and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course. The IFRRS covers the annual fee remission for the successful candidate; however students will need to pay for their own Overseas Student Health Cover.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Philosophy (Philosophy & Theology), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or  email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on