Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Our department offers a diverse range of units designed to improve your analytical and creative skills. We create a positive learning environment in both our distance and face-to-face teaching modes to help develop your talent and love for philosophy. 

Students in our postgraduate programs participate in a thriving research environment which includes regular seminars, reading groups, workshops and conferences.

Throughout your studies you’ll engage in lively philosophical debates and you will have the opportunity to apply philosophical ideas and methods in practice through our PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program

We also offer People and Planet units for students outside of the department and Faculty of Arts. More information about all our units and the Philosophy major can be found in the Handbook.

Students may also study with us through Open Universities Australia.

Higher degree research 

We have an innovative and vibrant research culture and constantly produce high-level research publications. In ERA 2015 (Excellence in Research for Australia), Macquarie research in philosophy received a rating of 4 out of 5 - 'performance above world standard'. We specialise in:

  • mind, metaphysics and meaning 
  • social philosophy and Modern European philosophy 
  • ethics and applied ethics

Discover more about the research conducted by academics within our department. If you are interested in doing research training or a research degree at Macquarie, please contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. 

For more information on applying contact the Higher Degree Research Office.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to

International student enquiries: please submit an online enquiry


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