Course Description

Philosophy is the art of thinking clearly. In this course, you will learn how to address some of the most fundamental questions in life, which science cannot answer. You will gain an understanding of the role that conceptual frameworks play in shaping our world and how changing things often starts with re-thinking them in a new, perhaps controversial way.
As the foundation of all other disciplines, philosophy focuses on the very scope and limits of human understanding and deals with the most fundamental knowledge of the world and ourselves. This course sets up students to become competent thinkers, leaders, and innovators as well as formidable communicators.
6 reasons to study Philosophy

Murdoch is ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for Philosophy*.

*Source: Times Higher Education Rankings by subject 2018, 201-250 category
You’ll learn critical thinking and analytic skills – identified by employers as two of the most important attributes for the future workforce.
Perfect the art of analysing and evaluating arguments, make informed decisions and provide recommendations on complex problems.
Studying philosophy is immensely rewarding – it sets you up on a life-long trajectory of taking pleasure in learning and enables you to think outside the box.
This degree fosters a breadth of vision – an appreciation of the value of different perspectives on life, society and knowledge.
Philosophy at Murdoch is focused on real-world issues: study contemporary problems in ethics and justice, the relationship between philosophy, politics, and economics, or the relationship between power and knowledge.

Some of the things you’ll learn

critical and creative thinking
logical reasoning
advanced communication skills
ethical problem-solving
history of ideas and their impact on the sciences, literature, art and society.

Your future career
The written and verbal skills developed in Philosophy can be applied to almost any career.


3 years full time, 6 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 79.7% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 87.5% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.5% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Murdoch University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at Murdoch University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 62.5% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 20.7% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $65,100 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Murdoch University Code: B1356

Entry Requirements

Selection Rank: 70