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About the course
Honours in Philosophy
Honours in Philosophy will develop high-level research skills and an ability to analyse and construct arguments, deepen your knowledge of the history of philosophy, as well as broaden and integrate your understanding of the sub-fields of philosophy. The honours seminars are designed to build on the understanding and knowledge of topics and historical figures that you encountered in your undergraduate study. You will also become familiar with cutting-edge, contemporary work in philosophy, which you have only a limited opportunity to explore at undergraduate level.
Fees and scholarships
Undergraduate – Full Fee Paying (FFP) & Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)
The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points. (Courses may teach up to 72 points in a year)
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Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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Undergraduate – onshore students
Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.
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The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.
Minimum entry requirements
English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5 and no band less than 6.5
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The study of philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask during our lifetime. You will explore a vast range of influential ideas, from the ancient philosophers, whose works are preserved in manuscripts from India, China and Greece, right down to cutting-edge contemporary work on pressing ethical issues, the nature of mind and artificial intelligence.
About the course
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- 12-15 contact hours, plus at least twice as much of your own study time
- 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.
You'll learn to
- analyse and evaluate arguments
- distinguish between good arguments and bad arguments, irrespective of their subject matter, and thus make informed decisions and recommendations on contentious issues
- demonstrate clarity of thought
- separate distinct issues, consider them independently and think out the consequences of positions on them
- demonstrate the general skills for thinking about problems and tasks, and framing and evaluating solutions
- frame, express and convey ideas – your own and other people’s – in a clear and convincing way
- appreciate the value of different perspectives on life, society and knowledge
Put theory into practice
Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.
Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.
Your degree options
This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.
Why study this course?
- Develop advanced reasoning and communication skills, depth and breadth of view, and the ability to think critically and creatively
- Improve your employment prospects while doing something that truly broadens your mind
- UWA is the only university in Western Australia that teaches units in formal logic
Why take a second major
- Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
- Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.