Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

Engaging in subject areas as diverse as Sacramental and Moral Theology, Critical Thinking, Metaphysics and Philosophy of the Human Person, this double degree provides a comprehensive education in both philosophy and theology. In this degree, not only will you learn about philosophy and theology within the Western tradition of thought, but you will also graduate knowing how to think, reason and argue at an advanced level – skills that are in high demand along any career path you choose, and in all walks of life. The Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology provides opportunity to study these interrelated disciplines within the context of the Catholic University and Catholic Tradition. Modelled on the Ratio for Australia and in response to the 2011 Decree on the Reform of Ecclesiastical Studies of Philosophy, this program offers the unique chance to all students to follow the requirements for seminarians and those pursuing religious education.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Philosophy/Bachelor of Theology epitomises The University of Notre Dame Australia’s commitment to Catholic principles of thought as it combines a detailed study of both philosophy and theology. Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study, this comprehensive degree investigates the history of Western philosophy as it constantly engages with ideas of theological significance. You will delve into foundational philosophical principles while at the same time exploring the teachings and traditions of the Church in Catholic Theology. This degree will take you from the beginnings of Western thought in Ancient philosophy, all the way through the medieval and modern periods, so that you can then grapple with contemporary philosophical and theological issues.

    The study of theology takes you to the heart of the Catholic tradition, so that you learn about the development of the Church. You will be encouraged to reflect philosophically and theologically, using appropriate methods that enable investigation of the history of ideas, up to the present day, and Scripture and Tradition, so as to contemplate the Trinity, the life and teachings of Christ, and ways in which faith and reason constantly work together and enrich each other.

    Upon graduation, you may pursue a wide variety of careers, including academic research, teaching, foreign affairs, public administration, policy development, advocacy, social work, journalism, advertising, Church ministry and politics.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum – The Logos Program

    • Logos I
    • Logos II
    • Logos III

    Year One

    • History of Philosophy: Ancient
    • Basic Method and Problems of Philosophy
    • Philosophy Elective 1
    • Critical Thinking
    • History of Philosophy: Medieval
    • Philosophy Elective 2

    Year Two

    • History of Philosophy: Modern
    • Moral Philosophy
    • History of Philosophy: Contemporary
    • Philosophy of the Human Person
    • Philosophy Elective 3
    • Philosophy Elective 4
    • Philosophy Elective 5

    Year Three

    • Foundations of Catholic Theology
    • Introduction to the Old Testament
    • Liturgy: Work of God and Work of God’s People
    • Introduction to Greek or Hebrew
    • Introduction to the New Testament
    • Early Church History
    • Translating Greek/Hebrew
    • Fundamental Moral Theology

    Year Four

    • Pentateuch
    • Ecclesiology and Mariology
    • Greek/Hebrew/Latin
    • Ministry of Social Justice
    • Trinity
    • Sacraments of Initiation
    • Christology
    • The Gospels of Mark and Matthew

    Year Five

    • The Johannine Literature
    • Sacraments of Healing and Reconciliation
    • Eucharist
    • Medieval Church History
    • Introduction to Christian Spirituality
    • Marriage and Sexuality
    • Writings of Paul: Freedom in the Spirit
    • Marriage and Orders

    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, through our practicum
    placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make
    valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • 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:

    • 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.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Academic teaching
    • Public libraries
    • Research institutes
    • Church Ministry
    • Advocacy
    • Parish Adult Faith Programs
    • Federal government agencies
    • International diplomacy and trade missions
    • Catholic and Christian schools
    • Religious Education coordination
    • Church agencies
    • Youth work
    • Community and local politics
  • 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 / Bachelor of Theology BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/P
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) studyN/AN/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (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)
    N/A N/A
    • 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 N/P
    International studentsN/AN/A
    All students<5100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer N/A N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    N/A N/A


    “<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

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Theology, please call our
    Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

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