Master of Liberal Arts

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

Flexibility is the key to the Master of Liberal Arts (Philosophy and Theology). Not only do you get to choose from a wide range of courses, but the teaching modes are also highly flexible. Designed to suit your schedule, options include intensive full day classes, evening tutorials, and weekend tuition. Having enrolled in this program you may later choose to take one of the many exit pathways available in order to pursue a particular topic of interest.

  • Why study this degree?

    Designed to be completed over 1.5 years of full-time study, the Master of Liberal Arts allows you to study subjects from a wide range, particularly in philosophy and theology. Our Master of Liberal Arts (Philosophy and Theology) is designed as an entry award for which various exit pathways are available. Options include a Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts or Religious Education, a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy or Theology, a Master of Arts in Philosophy or Theology.

    The program consists of 12 courses. Every student takes Research Methods in Philosophy and Theology, which is designed to help you to see how philosophy and theology work together, and to equip you to undertake your personalised research project. Then you can choose seven more courses from a range of subjects in philosophy and theology, perhaps working toward a specialisation in either discipline or in Catholic Leadership. Finally, you will develop a supervised research project (worth three courses of your degree), in keeping with your interests and future career path.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Research Methods in Philosophy and Theology
    • Seven Philosophy or Theology Electives

    Year Two

    • Supervised Dissertation in Philosophy and Theology
    • One Philosophy or Theology Elective

    Philosophy and Theology options:

    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • History of Philosophy - Ancient
    • History of Philosophy - Medieval
    • History of Philosophy - Modern
    • History of Philosophy - Contemporary
    • Metaphysics – Theories of Being and Existence
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Political Philosophy
    • Natural Law
    • Business Ethics
    • Moral Philosophy
    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • Scripture and Morality
    • Foundations of Moral Theology
    • Scripture and Church
    • Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
    • Christology
    • Mystery of Christ: Church and Sacrament
    • Marriage and Sexuality
    • Ministry of Social Justice

    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 Liberal Arts (Philosophy and 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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