Summary information



Colleges where it can be studied
  • Catholic Theological College


Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

Two years full-time or up to six years part-time.

Cost of study

The Master of Philosophical Studies requires completion of 12 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.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Master of Philosophical Studies enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in philosophy in relation to broader theological studies. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Philosophical Studies:

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in philosophy, and of the relation of philosophy to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of methodologies for historical and critical analysis of philosophical texts
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection in philosophy, with awareness of implications for and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in philosophy to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant philosophical and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.
Follow on study


Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
  • Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.
Admission criteria

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

How to Apply

Course structure

The Master of Philosophical Studies consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 72 points of Postgraduate Foundational units in three disciplines from at least two fields, where one of the disciplines is Philosophy
  • 96 points of Postgraduate Elective units in the discipline of Philosophy
  • 24 points of Postgraduate Elective units in any discipline
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 24 points in the discipline of Philosophy or in synthesis with it, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • Further units at postgraduate level.

provided that at least 192 points are taken in the discipline of Philosophy.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher


Olive Green

Where to get further information

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.