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Bachelor of Arts

Be introduced to the fundamental problems that arise in all areas of human thought and experience. 

From science to art, religion, psychology, politics, economics, law, and ethics – questions about the world and our place in it are embedded in every area of inquiry.

This major empowers students to critically reflect on questions about reality, knowledge and truth while enhancing appreciation of methods of reasoning and the contributions they make to our understanding of ourselves and our world.

Students will receive explicit training in areas of critical analysis, problem-solving and argumentation. You will learn crucial 21st century skills that characterise critical, creative and independent thinkers, and they are highly prized by employers.

Studying philosophy fosters skills and a self-understanding that make us thoughtful and ethically engaged members of our various societies, empowering us to address present and future challenges.


1 in Queensland for philosophy

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Policy and research officer
  • Conflict adviser
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Human research ethics officer
  • Philosophy teacher

This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Philosophy: What is Philosophy?
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Rise of Modern Philosophy

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