Taught course


Durham University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

A typical 2:1 classification or higher at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification with a substantial philosophy component. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year programme (two years part-time) provides an ideal academic environment for those who would like to study the subject at a higher level in preparation for a PhD or as a basis for future employment. Significant numbers of former students go on to further study. The programme includes research training and allows you to write a substantial dissertation on a topic you wish to pursue at PhD level. Our staff members have expertise in a very wide range of areas, so there is considerable flexibility over choice of dissertation topic. Modules are taught via group seminars and one-to-one tutorials. There are also student-led work-in-progress seminars, which all MA students attend.

Course structure

  • Candidates shall study and be assessed in the following modules:

List A:

  • Dissertation
  • Philosophical Research Methods.

Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules to the value of 90 credits from Lists B, C and D. The module titles below are those offered in previous academic years. Not all the modules will necessarily be available every year.

List B:

  • Ancient Philosophers on Necessity, Fate and Free Will
  • Forms After Plato
  • Mind and Action
  • Philosophical Issues in Science and Medicine
  • Phenomenology and the Sciences of Mind
  • Current Issues in Aesthetics and Theory of Art
  • Current Issues in Metaphysics
  • Current Issues in Ethics
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Gender Theory and Feminist Philosophy
  • Science and the Enlightenment
  • Ethics, Medicine and History
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Ethics of Cultural Heritage
  • Environmental Philosophy

List C:

Candidates taking modules from List C must take both modules:

  • Business Ethics 1: Ethical Leadership
  • Business Ethics 2: Society and Sustainability

List D:

Candidates taking modules from List D must take both modules:

  • Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Accountability
  • Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Business Ethics.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Philosophy
(0) 191 334 6553