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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face

UON program code: 40124
CRICOS code: 95148E

Philosophy and Religion

Study Philosophy and Religion UON

A Philosophy and Religion major offers the unique opportunity to explore life's big questions concerning knowledge, reality, ethics, politics and religion.

Along the way you will learn critical thinking skills that can be applied to all facets of life. You'll learn the importance of the structure of an argument and how to push further and ask deeper questions.

Philosophy and religion as a single major

Within this major you will undertake compulsory courses introducing you to a broad variety of issues in both areas, then select courses  in either philosophy studies, or religion studies, or a combination of both.

Philosophy courses delve into a wide range of topics, such as:

  • How we should live as individuals and how we should organise our societies
  • The nature of knowledge and how (if at all) we can acquire it
  • The nature of reality – features such as existence, time, the relationship between mind and body, free will and causation.

Religion courses cover the history, literature, beliefs and practices of religion, as well as a sample of the principal world religions from antiquity to the present day.

Careers in philosophy and religion

Major in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Newcastle

Graduates in Philosophy and Religion are valued in the workforce for their written and verbal communication skills, their breadth of vision, their capacity for abstract reasoning, their historical and cultural sensitivity, as well as their ability to think critically and logically.

Graduates find employment in a range of sectors including: research and education; public service administration; community welfare; media and publishing; diplomatic services; and political advisory work.

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