Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy

Murdoch University

In the study of philosophy, you won't always find answers, but you will learn how to ask good questions. As a Philosophy student you are invited to raise questions and debate them in a supportive environment and an atmosphere of lively curiosity. In this course you'll learn to question everything that is puzzling, disturbing, exciting and new. You'll develop your critical and rational faculties, build your perspective for impartiality and fairness in considering the views of others, and foster a cautious, reflective attitude towards others in relation to your current opinions and beliefs.When you graduate, you'll have the critical thinking, research and communication skills you need for a variety of career paths. You can also continue asking pressing questions in the form of further study and research. Students with a degree in Philosophy are attractive to employers in the public sector and business. You will be valued for your ability to organise and analyse data, and draw clear, sound judgements. Studying Philosophy will give you an opportunity to study some of the most important yet least considered aspects of human life - the views we take of ourselves and the world, the assumptions they are based on, and the arguments that may justify them. In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena.

Course Fee:

International: $79,324

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; selection via ATAR; or mature age entry via STAT; or TAFE Certificate IV or higher; English language competency


As part of the Philosophy major, you will have the opportunity to explore varying facets of ethics, phenomenology, and existential aspects of the human condition. You will undertake core units in subjects such as 'Critical and Creative Thinking' and 'Meaning and Interpretation', and also have the opportunity to select electives in specialised areas of interest, including 'Moral and Political Philosophy' and 'Ancient Greek Ideas'. Some of the more distinctive units that are popular among students within this major include 'Existentialism' and 'Metaphors of Mind'.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

An Honours year is available for suitable applicants.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch 60.4 Yes Part time 6 years
Murdoch 60.4 Yes Full time 3 years
Murdoch 60.4 Yes Online

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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