Taught course


Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first class or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent, in Philosophy or a related discipline such as English Literature, Language, Communication, History, Law, Modern Languages, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, or Social Sciences. Applicants with a degree that is not in Philosophy but in a related discipline will be required to submit an essay of 2000 words(maximum) that demonstrates skills in explanation, argumentation and critical analysis, on a topic of your choice.

Supporting material for an application should normally include:

  • At least one academic reference

  • Copy of undergraduate certificate and transcript of module results

Months of entry


Course content

Covering analytic, continental, and empirical varieties of philosophy, our MA Philosophy will provide you with an understanding of the breadth of the discipline, reflecting the full range of our internationally recognised research strengths. As a graduate of this programme, you will be experienced in addressing difficult questions creatively, critically, and collegially.

This degree programme will develop your knowledge of philosophical issues and techniques, your independent and collaborative research skills, and your ability to communicate complex and controversial ideas in a professional manner.

We will equip you with the skills to draw together and explore issues in epistemology, moral philosophy, and philosophy of mind, and to examine the interactions between them. You will benefit from small group teaching with an emphasis on peer-to-peer discussion, led by philosophers who are internationally recognised for their work in the module areas.

You will gain a solid foundation in the discipline and explore the varieties of philosophical argumentation, critical analysis, and writing styles, through analyses of landmark works in the history of philosophy. You will receive comprehensive training in key skills for a successful research career in academia or in other careers that involve comparable research projects.

The dissertation is an independent research project supported by regular supervision meetings and preceded by training in designing and completing this project. You will able to write your dissertation on any topic in philosophy that can be supervised by our staff.

Embedded in a strong and supportive research community, you will be encouraged to participate in our weekly Royal Institute of Philosophy visiting speaker programme, our postgraduate work-in-progress seminars, the annual Welsh Philosophy Conference at Gregynog Hall, and our reading groups, workshops, and conferences throughout the year.

Distinctive features

  • Develops key techniques of research and communication crucial to success in graduate careers.
  • Develops abilities to analyse texts of different kinds and identify and analyse reasoning for conclusions.
  • Develops skills in constructing sound reasoning for original conclusions.
  • Small community of inquiry teaching to ensure continuous feedback on your knowledge and ideas.
  • Provides excellent preparation for doctoral research.
  • Participation in regular seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Opportunity to replace a module with one from another department in the University (at the discretion of the programme director).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)29 2087 4722