Graduate Diploma in Philosophy

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study

  • If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
  • If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.

Student Visa 500

  • A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
  • Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
  • Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.


The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy allows students to explore areas of interest in the philosophical tradition. It provides a substantial foundation for further study and a means of articulating the relation of that philosophy to the Christian theological tradition and to appreciate the philosophical dimension of Christian thought. Graduates are able to articulate relevant insights for Christian identity and social engagement.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Philosophy:

  1. have knowledge of the texts, sources, terms and concepts required for engagement with philosophy and its relationship to Christian theological traditions;
  2. have research, analysis, logical critical thinking, appraisal and communication skills applicable to philosophical studies;
  3. apply skills of interpretation and appraisal to a range of texts with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues;
  4. apply relevant philosophical and hermeneutical, argumentation and critical thinking and logical skills to developing new arguments, and presenting analysis, appraisal and exegesis of (western, canonical) philosophical arguments, and narrate the relation of those to Christian theological traditions.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy consists of 144 points comprised of:

  • 96 points in the discipline of Philosophy; and
  • a further 48 points.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC


    The standard full-time duration of the Graduate Diploma in Philosophy is one year. The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy must be completed in not less than one year and not more than three years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years

    Admission criteria

    Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

    Fee summary

    The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $2,640 per standard unit or $15,840 for a full-time year (6 units).

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

    Enquire about this course

    • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.