The Masters is structured as an eighteen month or three semester MA program. Students can start the MA in either Autumn or Spring semesters. Upon arrival, students will be paired with a mentor to advise them about the course and to assist them with any questions about their coursework.

Course Structure

To successfully complete the MA in Continental Philosophy, students must complete 120 credit points of study over three semesters of full-time enrolment. The load should be spread equally between semesters, that is, a semester comprises of 40 credit points. Part-time enrolment can be arranged by approval. Further information on the MA in Continental Philosophy course structure and units please see the Handbook.

Information for Domestic Students

Domestic Students are recommended to enrol in the Master of Arts as a Graduate Diploma for Year 1, and to transfer to the Master of Research (MRes) run by the Western Sydney University Graduate School in Year 2.

By enrolling to do the coursework year as a Graduate Diploma, full fee paying domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For further information on postgraduate fees, please visit the Postgraduate fees webpage.

By transferring to the MRes in Year 2, domestic students will continue to receive the same supervision by Philosophy academics. For information on fees and scholarships please visit the Master of Research webpage.

International students are particularly welcome to the MA in Continental Philosophy. Students graduating with the Master of Arts from Western Sydney University will be in a strong position to apply to study continental philosophy at the Graduate School, and they may choose to undertake a doctorate at Western Sydney University (see “Transferring to the Master of Research” below).

International students can find accurate and up-to-date information on student fees, visas for international students, English language requirements and health insurance by visiting Western Sydney International.

Information for International Students

Transferring to the Master of Research (MRes)

International students can transfer in Year 2 to the MRes program which is offered by the Western Sydney Graduate School at Western Sydney University. For further information on fees and scholarships please visit the Master of Research webpage.

US Student Loans

International students who are US citizens should note that Western Sydney University does not administer US Federal Loans, however, students can apply for Sallie Mae loans. For further information, please visit the US Financial Aid program webpage.

Application Process

Students will need the following to apply for entry into the MA in Continental Philosophy:

  • academic transcript
  • 2 academic references
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 short statement outlining the student’s background as well as the areas of research interest. The statement is to ensure that our program can provide the student with appropriate resources and supervision
  • 1 piece of writing, such as an undergraduate essay
  • International students are also required to provide proof of English language skills if they come from a country where English is not the first language and if they have not studied at a University where English is the official language. (For more information about this requirement, please consult with the International Office.)
Domestic Students
  • Go to the UAC website (opens in new window)Opens in a new windowfind correct course code.
  • Click on the yellow check box labelled ‘Apply’ on the left hand side of the page.
  • Click ‘Apply now or continue your application’.
  • Fill in the necessary information. When prompted submit the course code 950617 for Master of Arts in Continental Philosophy, or 950618 for Graduate Diploma in Continental Philosophy.
  • If you have any problems applying please email philosophy@westernsydney.edu.au.
International Students

All international applications for entry to Western Sydney University postgraduate courses must be made via Western Sydney University Online Application Form. Step by step instructions are available on the International Admissions website.