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 for this course

This course is available to overseas students residing in Australia and overseas students studying overseas.

  • If residing in Australia, you will require a visa that allows study and note any conditions specified.  These visas include;
      • You cannot study more than 1/3 of this course online.
  • If residing overseas, you will not require a visa to study this course.


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

    Catholic Theological College

    Roman Catholic
    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 2022 are $2,732 per standard unit or $16,392 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.

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