Advanced Diploma in Philosophy

The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy (AdvDipPhil) builds on the Diploma in Theology by enabling students to deepen their understanding through a specialised focus on philosophy.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Philosophy:
  1. have significant foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts
  2. have skills to articulate and reflect upon foundational theological, scriptural and philosophical knowledge
  3. have strong analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological and philosophical arguments, especially in relation to worldview perspectives
  4. apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions through philosophical analysis and argument
  5. apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as practical support ministries or cultural and philosophical analysis. 

Admission Criteria

Successful completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or equivalent.

Course Structure

The Advanced Diploma in Philosophy consists of 288 points comprised of:
Pre-2019 units of 15 points in volume will be counted as 18 points
for the purpose of course completion 

Advanced Diploma in Philosophy with Bachelor of Theology

A candidate may undertake the Advanced Diploma in Philosophy in combination with, or subsequent to, the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Divinity. In such cases up to 144 points may be held in common to both awards. The minimum time for completion of both awards is four years.

Normal Duration

2 years – 8 years

Cricos Code


Study Pathways

Graduates may proceed to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology


Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean