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Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available in any one year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Your inquisitive mind can make you highly employable

Is anything really good, or true, or beautiful? Do people have free will, or does science show that free will is an illusion? Are minds distinct from bodies or are they the same thing from a different viewpoint?

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What is it like?

Pretty well everything in philosophy is open to challenge - that is what drives what we do in philosophy: We ask questions and challenge ordinary assumptions. Philosophy is about the development of thinking strategies to achieve greater clarity and consistency in our thinking. It emphasises the reasons for ideas. You will learn how to understand what you read rather than just to remember it and how to engage constructively in debate and to think in new ways.


The experience in handling unusual and difficult ideas, communicating your thinking with clarity, being aware of the reasons for your views but also being flexible and adaptive, enabling you to cope with new challenges as the needs of your work change. These skills are highly prized by employers and the skills enable to slot into a wide range of career options including:

  • administration
  • advertising
  • journalism
  • management
  • policy analysis
  • research

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