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2014 Bachelor of Philosophy(X3P)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Non-Faculty courses (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Cradle Coast:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


The Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) is an elite research and leadership focused award, available to
students who are undertaking, or have undertaken, another undergraduate award. Enrolment in the
award is limited to high achieving students who are deemed to be capable of successfully completing
additional study alongside their principal degree.

Admission & Prerequisites

The Bachelor of Philosophy program is open to students who have:
a) achieved an ATAR score (or equivalent) of at least 90; and
i. been accepted into a Bachelor degree program at the University of Tasmania; and
ii. been approved for admission by the DVC(S&E) or nominee;
b) completed the equivalent of at least one year full-time study in a Bachelor degree program; and
i. currently enrolled in a Bachelor degree program at the University of Tasmania; and
ii. achieved a standard GPA of 5.5 in the accompanying degree; and
iii. been approved for admission by the DVC(S&E) or nominee.

The award will not be provided as a standalone degree and can only be completed concurrent with, or
after completion of a principal undergraduate degree.
Unitscompleted within the BPhil may be credited towards another award if students fail to maintain an
acceptable GPA and are deemed ineligible to take out the BPhil.
By its very nature, the Bachelor of Philosophywill require students to complete research and other extension units in disciplinesalready being undertaken within a principal degree, and in disciplines outside the students' principal degree.

Some Faculty-based units require the completion of prerequisites; it is the students' responsibility to ensure these prerequisites have been met and/or negotiate other arrangements with the coordinator of the unit.

Students already enrolled in a combined (double) degree may be eligible for some credit for prior learning.

Contact to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Philosophy.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Philosophy is not a replacement for a four year honours degree but will offer highachieving students the opportunity to gain recognition and an appropriate award for a range ofextension studies across their undergraduate program, honours year and during their confirmationperiod for a research higher degree.

Students will complete up to 12 units of 12.5 weight (or equivalent) in the streams Research, Leadership and Service, Cultural Understanding and/or Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Philosophy graduates should be able to:

  • Develop, apply and integrate knowledge in a disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and/or professional context.

  • Communicate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways.

  • Conceptualise, negotiate and plan projects or investigations that consider disciplinary or multi-disciplinary perspectives and issues of ethics and integrity.

  • Conduct and evaluate projects, or investigations, that address questions or issues through application of disciplinary or multi-disciplinary methodologies and consideration of global perspectives.

  • Develop and demonstrate interpersonal skills to communicate, collaborate and negotiate with people from diverse global cultures and/or backgrounds and/or disciplines.

  • Work, learn and plan for future learning in both independent and collaborative ways in a range of disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, global and/or professional contexts.

Career Outcomes

The program will provide academic extension, personal development, and leadership opportunities aspart of an intellectually challenging quality student experience for high achieving undergraduatestudents. Students who complete this program will excel as critical and creative thinkers, with anaptitude for continued self-directed learning and research, and will have a set of highly marketableand transferable employment skills that allow them to initiate and implement constructive change intheir communities.

Professional Recognition

Whilst there is no specific professional recognition proposed, it is expected that this award will bemarketed, and gain broad professional credibility as an elite UTAS program.

The BPhil is a diverse, flexible program that allows students to tailor their learning experiences to extend their academic and professional skills and knowledge and to gain recognition and experience outside the traditional Bachelor structure

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