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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Philosophy)

Who am I? What is the meaning of life? How can we be certain of the truth? A Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy deals with some of the most important questions facing each of us. Apart from tackling such complex issues, this degree will teach you how to improve your own critical thinking abilities – a skill which you can apply to your career after university.

Why study this major?

The Philosophy Major fosters philosophical thought which is central to the way we see ourselves and the wider world. The Major provides a detailed introduction to the Western philosophical tradition, from the Ancient World right up until the present day. Along the way, you will grapple with some of the thorniest questions in moral philosophy, learn basic philosophical reasoning, and develop a capacity for critical thinking and clear expression.

Campus Information

Fremantle Campus

Our foundation Campus is located in the historic West End of the port city of Fremantle, south of Perth. Housed within beautifully restored heritage buildings, it provides a ‘town university’ of great character. The iconic Campus is close to the Fremantle Harbour, cafe?s, shops and the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, and all major transport hubs.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The transferable skills from this Major will be welcome by many employers. Many students go on to post graduate study in education, law or counselling. Career opportunities include: policy analyst, researcher, intelligence officer, and diplomat.

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic requirements for this program are outlined below. 

Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

  • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).
    OR
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    OR
  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    OR
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required.
    OR    
  • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    OR
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.