Taught course


Heythrop College · Philosophy

Entry requirements

An honours degree, (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in philosophy or another appropriate subject

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Philosophy is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to explore philosophical issues either as a development of undergraduate study or following a first degree in suitable subject other than Philosophy.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. The core module Knowledge and Reality examines current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics, in particular such themes as realism, justification, scepticism and freedom. Students also take Research Skills in Philosophy which provides training on generic and subject-specific research skills. The Ethics and Political Philosophy run in alternate years so full-time students do not normally have a choice between these. If you have not previously studied Philosophy at degree level, you must also take the module Introduction to Philosophy.

Students then choose the remaining one or two modules from a set of options which will take you further into the central themes and methods of Philosophy: Logic and Language, Mind and Psychology and Reason and Religion.

Information for international students

IELTS (taken within two years of the start of your studies at Heythrop) - 6.5 With no less than 6.5 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Find out more about language requirements and other tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The College has established a new Scholarship Fund which is open to postgraduate students starting their studies in September 2014. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the basis of financial need and motivation to study at Heythrop and will be used to reduce the tuition fees charged to students by the College. College scholarships reducing the cost of tuition are also available for qualified teachers, alumni, and applicants with a first class honours degree at undergraduate level.

Please refer to the College website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment80
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

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