University isn’t just about learning skills and solving practical problems. It’s an opportunity to explore very different traditions of thought and acquire different perspectives. The study of Philosophy enables you to challenge common presuppositions about the world and confidently come up with unconventional theories relevant to our place in it.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

By studying Philosophy, you’ll get the chance to explore some of the deepest and most difficult questions ever presented in the history of mankind.

For example, what is justice? What is the nature of space and time? What is personal identity? Is moral relativism true or false? Is it rational to believe in God? What is consciousness?

You’ll walk away with expertise in communication, critical reasoning, the mastery of complex concepts and texts, contriving forceful arguments, independent thought and demonstrating judgement in conditions of high uncertainty.

Philosophy studies are extremely popular at Monash, especially with Arts/Law students. Like many graduates, you’ll feel inspired to think outside the square – and look at the world in a different way.

How to Study

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

What You’ll Study

As philosophical concerns can vary enormously, we make sure you have many options to choose from while providing a rigorous foundation you can build on.

In your first year, you’ll tackle the following units:

  • Introduction to Philosophy A – Life, Death and Morality
  • Introduction to Philosophy B – Time, Self and Mind

Second and third year electives include Political Philosophy, Environmental Ethics,  and God, Freedom and  Evil. 

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from.

You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.


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