The Master of Philosophical Studies (MPS) enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in philosophy in relation to broader theological studies. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare themselves for professional practice and further learning.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Philosophical Studies:
- have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in philosophy, and of the relation of philosophy to broader theological studies
- have mastery of methodologies for historical and critical analysis of philosophical texts
- have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection in philosophy, with awareness of implications for and application to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
- articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in philosophy to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- apply relevant philosophical and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or a University of Divinity Graduate Diploma, or an approved equivalent.
The Master of Philosophical Studies consists of 288 points comprised of:
- 72 points of Level 8 units in three disciplines, one of which is Philosophy, from at least two fields
- 96 points of Level 9 units in Philosophy
- 24 points of Level 9 units in any discipline
- A Capstone unit of at least 24 points, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
- Further Level 8 or 9 units.
- Of the entire course, at least 192 points must be in Philosophy.
Pre-2019 units of 15 points in volume will be counted as 24 points for the purpose of course completion.
2 years – 6 years
Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to: