Bachelor of Philosophy / Bachelor of Theology




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
Students of Philosophy are encouraged to reflect deeply and critically on fundamental questions, and are challenged to examine their own beliefs and values and the practical implications for living. They learn to apply various methods to evaluate the arguments of both Christian and secular thinkers and develop cultural literacy by exploring how philosophical thought has influenced western culture.
Philosophy also contains the study of Ethics. Ethics is concerned with human well-being. The main themes covered here include happiness, reason, morality and the constitution of the ethical self. These themes are in turn applied to many practical issues, including racism, sexuality, human rights, technology and capital punishment.
Theology has always held a central place in the life and mission of the Christian community. Its central importance to the life of the community derives from the fact that it is through Theology that the Church comes to understand its own faith and explains that faith to others. Students of Theology explore important issues such as the nature of God, the kind of God revealed for us in Jesus Christ, the nature of personal identity and of humanity, human origins and destiny, Christian community and God's presence with us now in the Spirit.
Therefore, this course immerses students in faith, knowledge and values that are at the core of the University's objects. It offers a thorough and comprehensive grounding in the principal areas of philosophical and theological studies.
Outline of Studies
This new double degree offers students an all-round education in the history of philosophy and theology, and various philosophical disciplines including major topics and thinkers in contemporary philosophy. It also examines how the Church has come to understand the deposit of faith in history and to encourage a student is theological reflection using authentic methods of interpretation. Students will develop high-level critical thinking skills, linguistic ability and the capacity to defend a reasoned point of view. More importantly, students will be equipped to engage critically with the views of others as they develop their own views on ethical issues and on the force and reliability of claims to truth and knowledge. Those who are theologically and philosophically knowledgeable and articulate, have excellent qualifications for leadership in our contemporary society.


Which department am I in? School of Philosophy and Theology

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants must have completed a minimum of a Certificate IV qualification from a Registered Training Organization (RTO); Successful completed units from other tertiary institutions; Physiotherapy and Law courses require at least one year of an undergraduate degree course with 65% or above average pass marks or minimum ATAR of 90 or equivalent. English Language Requirements accepted: IELTS (Academic) Overall result (Lowest Sub Score): 6.5 (6.0); TOEFL (IB): 90; CAE/CPE: 176; PTE (Academic): 61.

Entry Requirement For International Student

School leaver minimum academic entry requirements:
Indicative minimum ATAR of 70
Other approved scores as indicated by the University
Mature age minimum academic entry requirements:
Successful completion of a Notre Dame enabling program
One semester (FTE) success in an undergraduate university course
Certificate IV completed at a Registered Training Organisation (TAFE) or equivalent
STAT score of 145 or higher
Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE exams with a resulting ATAR of 70
English language requirement:
IELTS (Academic) Overall result (Lowest Sub Score): 6.5 (6.0); TOEFL (IB): 90; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)/Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176; PTE (Academic): 61.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by this university
The University of Notre Dame Australia offers below pathways courses for this subject Tertiary Pathway Program
Diploma of Theology

Full Time (5 years)

2017/18 fees - £12,400. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

26 February 2018, 30 July 2018, 18 February 2019, 29 July 2019

Sydney Campus 140 Broadway, Chippendale, BROADWAY, New South Wales, 2007, SYDNEY, Australia