Philosophy

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of reality and the human experience. Philosophy forces us to ask questions about ourselves and our changing society and helps us to develop different ways of thinking about important issues. Its fundamental methods lie at the heart of many research inquiries within the arts and social sciences, making it a wonderful complement to many other ways of thinking.

The strengths of the School of Philosophy lie in five broad areas: philosophy of mind; philosophy of science; moral and political philosophy; epistemology; European philosophy and Asian philosophy.

Check the School of Philosophy website for more information on the faculty, research, projects, latest news, upcoming events and more.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Key facts

1 in Australia
8 for Philosophy in World*

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

Degree programs

Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

3 in Australia
33 for Arts and Humanities in World*

3 year full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131003
CRICOS Code: 074016B
Bachelor of Political Science

Key facts

1 in Australia
10 for Politics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131162
CRICOS Code: 086219C
Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Key facts

1 in Australia
8 for Philosophy, 10 for Politics in World* and
2 in Australia
37 for Economics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131161
CRICOS Code: 076183D
Graduate Certificate of Studies

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0.5 Year FT or 3 Years PT
Semester 1 & 2 intake

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830584
CRICOS Code: 082261M

Hear from our students

Henry
I've always found academia fascinating – that opportunity to really understand the nature of things, the kinds of causal relations, and to understand it from multiple perspectives.
Henry , Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (Linguistics)

My brilliant career

"ANU allowed my research career to blossom in my years there and allowed me to develop skills in administration, entrepreneurship and global engagement with colleagues and mentors that have served me extremely well in my career in the US."
Professor Michael McRobbie AO FAHA , PhD (Philosophy) ’79, HonLittD ‘10

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Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics
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Graduate Certificate of Studies
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Philosophy (major/minor)
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