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Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Philosophy for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

Think deeply about the big questions

If you are fascinated by the big questions of what kind of beings we are and how we interact with the world in which we live, then Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) is the degree for you.

Make your point and influence people

Philosophy isn’t just about abstract thinking. Massey’s BA (Philosophy) offers you the chance to learn highly applicable and useful skills. Studying philosophy develops your critical thinking skills: your ability to assess whether arguments are rationally compelling and to make your arguments compelling to others.

You will learn how to:

express your thoughts concisely and clearly

how to engage constructively in debate

how to deal with unusual and difficult ideas

how to look at problems in new ways.

Benefit at work and at home

The intellectual skill of critical thinking is important in the workplace. It is consistently ranked by employers amongst the most desirable attributes in an employee. It helps you in your day-to-day life too, such as when watching the news or reading stories on the internet. Through your study of philosophy you will learn how to understand and evaluate what you read rather than just remembering it. You’ll become more aware of the reasons why you hold the views you do. A major in philosophy will challenge your thinking and encourage you to continue asking questions.

A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a good fit if you:

like to ponder the big questions

love to discuss and debate

want a relevant and useful degree that will provide you with transferable skills relevant to a wide range of different occupations

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University. To be admitted to an undergraduate qualification, you will need a minimum level of academic achievement from school, or another university or tertiary institution.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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