Master of Arts in Philosophy(Adv Seminars and Shorter Thesis)(CAPPE)

Course 102CP (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.


Professor Greg Restall

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)


The Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Course Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in philosophy. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H3 (65%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the masters will:

  • acquire the additional knowledge required to undertake specialised study in a branch of philosophy of their choice;
  • acquire research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosophy;
  • complete a minor thesis, based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Please note that 102CP Master of Arts in Philosophy(Adv Seminars and Shorter Thesis)(CAPPE) will no longer be accepting new applications from 2014, this program specialisation from 2014 will be offered in the MR-ARTSAST Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis). Please refer to the correct handbook entry for program information for commencing students from 2014.

  • Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • 2 compulsory subjects, 25 points in total ('Literature Review', 12.5 points: 'Philosophy Methods' taken over two consecutive semesters, 6.25 x 2 = 12.5 points)
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Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

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Entry Requirements:

This course is no longer taking enrolments. Applicants should apply rather for the Master of Arts in Philosophy (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis) (102NC).

A four year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at the University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%).

Applicants must include with their application a thesis proposal of 2,500 words and a writing sample (this may be an essay from your previous degree, a chapter from your Honours or Masters thesis or a published article). The primary basis for selection will be academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Graduate Attributes:

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