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Career outcomes

Our philosophy graduates have pursued careers as:

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  • ethics consultants to business
  • criminologists
  • teachers
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  • computer programmers
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  • human resources managers  
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Philosophy

About philosophy

If you’ve got big questions, a degree in philosophy can give you the analytical skills to explore them. Studying philosophy deepens your thinking and teaches you to analyse, understand and engage with complex ideas. It teaches reasoning, logic and critical thinking – skills you can apply to every part of your life, whatever career path you go down.

World-class education

When you study with us, you’re choosing to learn from world-leading philosophy teachers and researchers. In fact, our research performance in philosophy has been rated above world standard in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings. We pride ourselves on the mark we make – especially in the fields of ethics, the philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy.

Skills for any profession

The skills you’ll gain from a degree in philosophy can be transferred to just about any profession. You’ll develop clarity of thought, first-class analysis and research skills, excellent communication skills and an openness to new ideas. Our graduates have gone on to apply these skills in the fields of law, business, education, psychology and counselling, government and research.

Partnerships

Study philosophy with us and access our network of national and international partnerships, including the Plunkett Centre for Ethics – a joint centre shared with St Vincent’s Health Australia, NSW Facilities and Calvary Health Care. The centre is dedicated to the study of ethical issues in health care and biomedical research.

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Core Curriculum

From January 2019, eligible ACU undergraduate students can fulfill their Core Curriculum requirements by completing the following philosophy units: Theories of Human Nature or Introduction to Ethics. Eligible final year students may opt to undertake the Ethics, Justice and Society philosophy unit.

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Meet our students and staff

Harrison Pugh

Philosophy student

“The staff are more helpful than I could have ever expected. I feel like my lecturers truly do want me to succeed in study and in life. Meeting other like-minded people is one of the best parts of studying my degree.

“The depth of resources that are made available to pursue knowledge as far as it can go is incredible. I want to awaken a fresh understanding of the importance of theology and philosophy in a well-rounded life.” 

Dr Richard Colledge

Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Philosophy

Dr Richard Colledge has been head of the School of Philosophy since 2011, and teaches across various areas in contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy.

His research and publications address several areas, including (mainly German) phenomenology and hermeneutics, the history of metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, questions in meta-philosophy and philosophical psychology. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the idea of the real in the writings of Martin Heidegger.

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Our world-class research

Our contribution to research in the areas of theology and philosophy is considered above world standard. Find out why.

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