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Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Philosophy

Course code: 3923 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipPhil ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)

Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed for students who have not previously specialized in the study of Philosophy. Students are required to complete an undergraduate major (48 points) in the discipline.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

The graduate diploma is normally completed in two semesters of full-time study or up to four semesters of part-time study. Students undertake two level one undergraduate units and a further six units at second and third year levels with the requirement that at least two of these units are studied at second year level and a minimum of three are undertaken at third year level.

For information on the undergraduate units see the undergraduate handbook, available online at

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Successful completion of the diploma will result in an entrance pathway, via the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research), to masters (100 per cent/66 per cent research) and subsequent higher degree by research candidature. For further study options please contact the School of Philosophy and Bioethics or visit

Course coordinator

Jakob Hohwy