24 months
28440 USD/year
5484 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


Philosophy from University of Canterbury consists of two parts. Part I is composed of eight 400-level courses chosen in consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator. Successful completion of Part I allows the student to begin Part II, the thesis (PHIL 695). 


Philosophy from University of Canterbury normally takes two years, the first year being course work and the second a thesis. The thesis should not normally exceed 30,000 words. It is possible to study for the MSc part time. Part-time students must complete Part II (the thesis) within four years of enrolment.


Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Programme Structure

Course includes:

  • Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus
  • God, Mind, and Freedom
  • Philosophy and Human Nature
  • Computers, Artificial Intelligence, and the Information Society
  • Ethics, Politics and Justice
  • Dinosaurs, Quarks and Quasars: The Philosophy of Science
  • The Brain Gym: An Introduction to Logic
  • Reason, Desire and Happiness: Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion: Rationality, Science, and the God Hypothesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours
  • Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology
  • or any bachelor's degree and a qualifying programme.
  • If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28440 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5484 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5484 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National students - 7,618 - 8,867 NZD
  • International Students - 39,500 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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