In this course you’ll learn how to become a systematic, skilled thinker and communicator by studying the history of human thought and ideas.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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
Recommended double majors
Recommended combined degrees
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
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.
Entry requirements for
There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
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.
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.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
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