The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy (GDPhil) allows students to explore areas of interest in the philosophical tradition. It provides a substantial foundation for further study and a means of articulating the relation of that philosophy to the Christian theological tradition and to appreciate the philosophical dimension of Christian thought. Graduates are able to articulate relevant insights for Christian identity and social engagement.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Philosophy:
- have knowledge of the texts, sources, terms and concepts required for engagement with philosophy and its relationship to Christian theological traditions
- have research, analysis, logical critical thinking, appraisal and communication skills applicable to philosophical studies
- apply skills of interpretation and appraisal to a range of texts with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and/or contemporary issues
- apply relevant philosophical and hermeneutical, argumentation and critical thinking and logical skills to developing new arguments, and presenting analysis, appraisal and exegesis of (western, canonical) philosophical arguments, and narrate the relation of those to Christian theological traditions.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or a University of Divinity graduate certificate, or an approved equivalent.
The Graduate Diploma in Philosophy consists of 144 points at Levels 8 or 9 including at least 96 points in Philosophy.
1 year – 3 years
Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award, including the Master of Philosophical Studies.
Graduates who have completed a Minor Thesis in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.