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

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Entry requirements

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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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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