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Philosophy degrees abroad

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions relating to the nature of knowledge, morality, values, reality, reason and god. While studying philosophy, you’ll navigate your way through some of life’s trickiest concepts by using research, critical thinking and reasoned arguments.

Philosophy is one of the oldest academic disciplines, having been founded by the ancient Greeks in the 6th Century BC. As a philosophy student today, you’ll be tasked with examining ideas that have perplexed academics for thousands of years, as well as debating more recent critical thought.

We are creatures of habit and products of our environment, that’s why studying philosophy abroad is such a great idea. By immersing yourself in a new culture with differing perspectives, you’ll be challenged to reassess your own worldview so that you become a more experienced, creative and critical philosopher.

Philosophy program structure

As an international student, you can study philosophy at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. At undergraduate level, philosophy can be offered as either a BA or BSc, so it’s important to make sure you choose the course that most interests you.

Philosophy is a far-reaching academic field, so it’s no surprise that elements of it can be found in other programs like English, politics, sociology and history. As such, you can often choose to study philosophy alongside another related subject at undergraduate level.

If you choose to study in the US, you’ll probably follow the liberal arts model and select philosophy as your four-year undergraduate major. This means that you’ll work on your general studies and a few philosophy classes in your first two years, before focusing completely on philosophy in your final two years.

The structure of teaching and assessment will depend on your program and university, but it will usually involve attending lectures, seminars and tutorials, working on group projects, preparing and delivering presentations, writing essays and sitting exams.

The content and structure of every philosophy degree will be different, but most degrees will share core areas of study, including:

  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Feminism
  • Ancient philosophy

Types of philosophy degrees

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Philosophy undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in philosophy

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    Theology: Minor in Philosophy - BA Dominican University College, Canada
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,235 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,120 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Arts: Philosophy - BA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,074 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Bioscience and Philosophy - BA/BSc Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,860 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Linguistics and Philosophy - Dual BA (Hons) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,329 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,609 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Classical Literature & Civilisation and Philosophy - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,212 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,740 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,681 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Philosophy - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

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    January, June, August
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    Philosophy - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Philosophy - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Philosophy - AA North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

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Diploma in philosophy

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    Advancing University Studies: Philosophy - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,098 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,036 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Philosophy - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,617 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in philosophy

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    Philosophy: Applied Ethics - Cert Dominican University College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,235 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,120 CAD

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    January, September
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Philosophy graduate programs

Master's in philosophy

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    Arts: Philosophy - MA University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,798 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,000 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Philosophy - MA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,582 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Philosophy - MA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,902 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Philosophy - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,521 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,895 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Philosophy - MA Dominican University College, Canada
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,353 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,680 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in philosophy

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    Philosophy - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,836 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

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    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Philosophy - PhD University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,993 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,329 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Philosophy - PhD Dominican University College, Canada
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,353 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,680 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Philosophy - PhD Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,704 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 39,201 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April
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    Philosophy - PhD Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,550 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,680 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Diploma in philosophy

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    Arts: Philosophy - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,529 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

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    January, February
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    Philosophy - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,875 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future philosophy careers

A degree in philosophy will equip you with transferable tools that you can use to pursue almost any career. With skills in critical thinking, research, persuasion, problem-solving, analysis and creativity, you’ll be well placed to excel in the following roles:

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Barrister
  • Diplomat
  • Politician
  • Civil servant
  • Journalist
  • Humanitarian aid worker

Using your free time and university holidays to complete placements and internships will help you to get a head start in your chosen field. Most universities will have a career advice service to support you with preparing CVs and applying for roles.