Postgraduate study in Philosophy

We are New Zealand's largest philosophy department. We offer courses and research supervision over many areas, and encourage you to explore different areas and styles of philosophy.

Postgraduate study opportunities in Philosophy

Study opportunities reflect our research expertise, which includes the following:

  • ancient and medieval philosophy
  • continental European philosophy
  • ethics
  • philosophy of language
  • logic
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of the arts
  • philosophy of religion
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of science.

You can customise a course of study that achieves a balance between breadth and depth suitable to your needs and interests. You would normally study between four and eight different topics in Philosophy in a full-time year. At masters level you have the opportunity to focus on in-depth research of one specific area.

Postgraduate careers

Recent Philosophy graduates have careers in business, government and academia.

Meet some of our students and graduates.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Philosophy. You must have an average grade of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II in the major.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Philosophy

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Philosophy with an average grade of B or higher. There are higher requirements for some research options.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. It is available as either a research or taught masters.

Admission requirements

A BA with a major in Philosophy. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio. If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.
 

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Philosophy, contact an Adviser.