Master of Arts (Philosophy)

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

Have you always harboured a fascination with philosophy? Are you attracted by “big questions”? No matter what you studied as an undergraduate, this Master's degree will allow you to follow your passion – for professional or personal reasons. This program offers you the opportunity to explore subject areas aligned with your own interests and then to develop these interests via a research project. As a graduate you will also have the critical thinking and reasoning abilities that are bound to impress future employers.

  • Why study this degree?

    At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we prize the tradition of educating the whole person. Through the University’s Core Curriculum all of our students study both theology and philosophy, but the Master of Arts (Philosophy) will particularly appeal to students who have either a professional or personal interest in philosophy.

    This program is a coursework degree and includes a research project component. You will complete a core course in Reason and Revelation, 12 Philosophy courses of your choice, and you will write a supervised research project in an area of your choice. Your studies begin within the context of the University, with Reason and Revelation, which begins with philosophical analysis and explanation of concepts of reason, reasoning, and believing and acting upon reasons. It then relates reason to revelation (Scripture and Tradition), before considering the relationship between philosophy and theology.

    Assessment consists of assignments, essays, presentations and research papers. Most classes take place in the evenings or during normal teaching hours and are a mixture of workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorial discussions. Classes are engaging and lively, taking place in an atmosphere of interpersonal exchange.

    The Master of Arts (Philosophy) degree takes two years to complete when studied on a full-time basis, but is also available part-time for domestic students. If you have already studied philosophy at university level you may be entitled to up to eight courses of advanced standing or RPL, but students with a level 8 qualification in an area other than philosophy or a philosophy Major may apply for up to four units of credit of advanced standing or RPL.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Reason and Revelation
    • Seven Philosophy Electives

    Year Two

    • Supervised Research Project
    • Five Philosophy Electives

    Philosophy Electives may include:

    • Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
    • Cosmology and Philosophy of Science
    • Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge
    • History of Philosophy – Ancient
    • History of Philosophy – Medieval
    • History of Philosophy – Modern
    • History of Philosophy – Contemporary
    • Logical and Critical Thinking
    • Metaphysics – Theories of Being and Existence
    • Moral Philosophy
    • Myth and Meaning
    • Natural Law
    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Philosophy of Love and Friendship
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Political Philosophy
    • Special Topics in Philosophy
    • Directed Individual Study

    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.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and you will gain real professional experience and make
    valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    The program is open to applicants who have a recognised Bachelor's degree (Level 7 AQF) 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 Master of Arts (Philosophy), 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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