Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy

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In this course you’ll learn how to become a systematic, skilled thinker and communicator by studying the history of human thought and ideas.

Key details for

  • Selection Rank

    • 70
  • Course Code

    • B1356
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 079364G
  • Course Code

    • B1356
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

Philosophy is the art of thinking clearly. In this course, you will learn how to address some of the most fundamental questions in life, which science cannot answer. You will gain an understanding of the role that conceptual frameworks play in shaping our world and how changing things often starts with re-thinking them in a new, perhaps controversial way.

As the foundation of all other disciplines, philosophy focuses on the very scope and limits of human understanding and deals with the most fundamental knowledge of the world and ourselves. This course sets up students to become competent thinkers, leaders, and innovators as well as formidable communicators.

6 reasons to study Philosophy

  • Murdoch is ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for Philosophy*.
    *Source: Times Higher Education Rankings by subject 2018, 201-250 category
  • You’ll learn critical thinking and analytic skills – identified by employers as two of the most important attributes for the future workforce.
  • Perfect the art of analysing and evaluating arguments, make informed decisions and provide recommendations on complex problems.
  • Studying philosophy is immensely rewarding – it sets you up on a life-long trajectory of taking pleasure in learning and enables you to think outside the box.
  • This degree fosters a breadth of vision – an appreciation of the value of different perspectives on life, society and knowledge.
  • Philosophy at Murdoch is focused on real-world issues: study contemporary problems in ethics and justice, the relationship between philosophy, politics, and economics, or the relationship between power and knowledge.

Some of the things you’ll learn

  • critical and creative thinking
  • logical reasoning
  • advanced communication skills
  • ethical problem-solving
  • history of ideas and their impact on the sciences, literature, art and society.

Your future career

The written and verbal skills developed in Philosophy can be applied to almost any career.

Careers could include:

  • Journalist or Foreign Correspondent
  • Intelligence Services
  • Policy Advisor or Analyst
  • public service
  • academia/research.

Recommended double majors

Recommended combined degrees

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus or external
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Mid-year start available (International students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

 

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  • Check your eligibility for a scholarship
  • Prepare your documentation (see the checklist below)
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Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • ATAR results
  • STAT Test results

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Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)