Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & Theology)

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

Designed to be completed over two years of part-time study, the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & Theology) offers a systematic introduction to some of the major themes of philosophy and theology. The program will improve your understanding of the University’s Core Curriculum, foster spiritual development, and help you to integrate the fundamental principles and ideas of the Core Curriculum into your wider academic work.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & Theology) is designed to provide you with an understanding of the principles and goals behind the University’s Core Curriculum. The program is a direct link to the Objects of the University and offers education in the context of our mission and

    From within our intimate class settings, you will find opportunities for spiritual and ethical development and a chance to learn more about philosophy and theology within the context of the Catholic faith. Successful completion of this course will give you a greater understanding of the Core Curriculum and help you better integrate the Core Curriculum within your own academic discipline.

    Completed in two years of part-time study the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & Theology) includes exposure to Core teaching and a discussion of the purpose and goals of the Core Curriculum, as well as possibilities for integrating the Core with other academic disciplines. You will have the opportunity to engage in philosophical reasoning, ethical decision-making and theological reflection in the Catholic tradition.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Reason and Revelation
    • One Philosophy Elective

    Year Two

    • One Ethics Elective
    • One Theology Elective

    Philosophy Electives

    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • History of Philosophy 1: Ancient Greek & Roman
    • History of Philosophy 2: Medieval
    • History of Philosophy 3: Modern
    • History of Philosophy 4: Contemporary
    • Metaphysics
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Epistemology: Ways of Knowing
    • Philosophy of Love and Friendship
    • Natural Law
    • Political Philosophy

    Ethics  Electives

    • Moral Philosophy
    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life

    Theology Electives

    • Scripture and Church
    • Liturgy
    • The Prophets: Critics of the Status Quo
    • Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
    • Scripture and Morality
    • Pentateuch
    • The Theology and Practice of the New Evangelisation
    • Trinity
    • Mystery of Christ 4: Church and Sacraments
    • Ministry of Social Justice
    • Foundations of Moral Theology

    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

    A Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

  • Fees

    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.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & Theology), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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