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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradDipPhil
CRICOS code070537J
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Course coordinator

Associate Professor Toby Handfield


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


Students completing this course will have:

  • an understanding of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


Students complete a standard 48 point major in philosophy, consisting of a first year sequence of 12 points and one of the following options:

  • 12 points of second year level studies (normally two units) and 24 points of third-year level studies (normally four units)
  • 18 points of second-year level studies (normally three units) and 18 points of third-year level studies (normally three units).


For information on the structure of an undergraduate major in philosophy refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of the diploma with a credit average will result in an entrance pathway, via course 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research), course 2695 Master of Arts, course 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework and subsequent higher degree by research candidature. For further study options please contact the School of Philosophy and Bioethics or visit


Graduate Diploma in Philosophy