Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Theology

School of Philosophy & Theology, Fremantle Campus

When you undertake the Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology, you will be encouraged to reflect deeply and critically on the fundamental questions that have perplexed man since ancient times. You will also be challenged to examine your own beliefs, values and approach to living. A study of philosophy will boost your own critical thinking abilities and deepen your cultural literacy by exploring how philosophical thought has influenced Western culture.

  • Why study this degree?

    Students of Philosophy are encouraged to reflect deeply and critically on fundamental questions, and are challenged to examine their own beliefs, values and the practical implications for living. They learn to apply various methods to evaluate the arguments of both Christian and secular thinkers and develop cultural literacy by exploring how philosophical thought has influenced Western culture.

    The Theology aspect of the program immerses students in faith, knowledge and values that are at the core of the University's objects.  It offers a thorough and comprehensive grounding in the principal areas of philosophical and theological studies.

  • Program summary

    The Philosophy courses cover 4 discipline areas: Foundations of Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy of the Human Person.  The Theology courses cover five discipline areas: Scripture, Church History, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Pastoral Theology.

    To complete a Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology, a total of 40 courses are required:

    • 3 Core Curruculum courses
    • 13 Philosophy elective courses
    • 13 Theology elective courses
    • 11 general elective courses

    The Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology may be combined with a major (8 courses) or a minor (6 courses) in Behavioural Science, English Literature, History, Politics & International Relations or Social Justice.

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

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

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

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

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Academic teaching
    • Public libraries
    • Research institutes
    • Church ministry and agencies
    • Parish adult faith programs
    • Education and teaching (upon completion of a graduate-entry teaching qualification)
    • International diplomacy
    • Trade missions
    • Journalism
    • Editing
    • Media
    • Script writing
    • Advertising
    • Catholic and Christian schools
    • Pastoral counselling
    • Religious education coordination
    • Youth work
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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