Bachelor of Philosophy
School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus
The Bachelor of Philosophy offers a comprehensive education in the history, major domains and contemporary issues of philosophy. You will develop high-level critical thinking skills and the ability to defend and communicate a reasoned point of view. As a graduate this means you will find employment in areas where the ability to think clearly, logically and creatively are valued.
Why study this degree?
At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we teach students to think critically and to become knowledgeable and considerate citizens. Our aim is to educate the whole person by facilitating engagement with the deeper questions of individual and social life. The Bachelor of Philosophy provides the foundation of a broad and balanced philosophical education. The program covers Ancient, Medieval and Modern philosophy while grappling with the contemporary problems addressed by both analytic and continental philosophy. It takes seriously the Catholic philosophical
tradition, which emphasises the importance of considering ideas from all points of view.
At the School of Philosophy & Theology, we take a personal approach to philosophical education. During this program, you will be asked to consider the meaning and purpose of human life in an environment that prioritizes both constructive interaction with students and pastoral care. This is reflected in our small class sizes, time provided to talk with your lecturers and the social activities in the School and on the Campus. Your experience as a student will be collegial: a community of persons seeking wisdom together within the context of Western philosophy.
Core Curriculum – The Logos Program
- Logos I
- Logos II
- Logos III
- The Method and Basic Problems of Philosophy
- History of Philosophy: Ancient
- General Elective 1
- Critical Thinking
- Philosophy of the Human Person
- History of Philosophy: Medieval
- General Elective 2
- History of Philosophy: Modern
- Epistemology – Ways of Knowing
- Moral Philosophy
- History of Philosophy: Contemporary
- Political Philosophy
- Natural Law
- General Elective 3
- An Introduction to Metaphysics
- Faith and Reason
- General Elective 4
- Metaphysics, Being & God
- Philosophy of Science
- General Elective 5
- General Elective 6
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
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.
You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and
internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with
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:
- HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
- Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
- Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:
- Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
- STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
- Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
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. Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.
For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.
The following careers are open to graduates of this program:
- Journalism and media
- International diplomacy and trade missions
- Policy development
- Government administration
- Academic teaching
- Public libraries
- Research institutes
Student profile data
Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Philosophy BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE
Semester 1 2019
Number of students
Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 <5 (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0% (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
5 42% (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks & recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 <5 International students 0 0% All students 12 100.0%
TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Philosophy ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE
RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offers ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *[only if relevant]
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 N/A Median rank to receive an offer <5 N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer
“<5” – the number of students is less than 5
N/A – Students not accepted in this category
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR