Graduate Certificate in Continental Philosophy

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertContlPhil

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1826.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 089385J

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

The Graduate Certificate in Continental Philosophy offers students the opportunity to benefit from the unique strength of the Philosophy Research Initiative as a centre of internationally recognised scholarship in philosophy. This is a challenging, rigorous, innovative course-work degree that exposes students to a broad range of positions throughout the history of continental philosophy to the present day.

Philosophy Group at Western Sydney:

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

In addition to applying to UAC, applicants will be required to provide:

  • a 500 word personal statement
  • a sample of academic writing such as an undergraduate essay, to be assessed by Philosophy staff
  • the name and contact details of two referees.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points from the units listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time Start year Intake

Year 1

Autumn Session

102382Research Project in Philosophy

Choose one of the following sets of units (see note above)

102384Political Philosophy
102383Topics in the History of Philosophy


102615Theoretical Philosophy
102616Philosophy and Literature

Full-time Mid year Intake

Year 1

Spring Session

Choose one of the following sets of units (see note above)

102380Philosophical Aesthetics
102379Special Topics in Philosophy


102618Practical Philosophy
102620Philosophy, History and Interpretation
102619Philosophy of Nature

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