Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant background.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Learn from a team of experts specializing in the interaction between areas like healthcare, ethics and philosophy
  • Benefit from an applied approach – understand how philosophy can help us solve pressing challenges in the modern world
  • Go beyond Western philosophy with a course designed to explore philosophy from a global perspective
  • Build your professional experience by presenting your ideas and getting feedback at the department’s postgraduate conference
  • Become confident in thinking critically and evaluating arguments – both skills valued by employers

From crippling economies to Britain’s mental health crisis, philosophy can help us unlock the answers to today’s most pressing issues. Join us to discuss and debate different topics while exploring your interests and widening your career options.

Digging deeper

We start this course by asking a vital question – what is philosophy? You’ll explore its value, the methods used and debates within the subject. At the same time, our teaching team will discuss their fascinating research on everything from gender to feminist philosophy.

A critical part of this course is completing a dissertation. You’ll have 20,000 words to explore an area of philosophy that interests you. Whenever you need support, you’ll be able to turn to your academic supervisor.

The freedom to explore

Alongside the core module and dissertation, you’ll choose from our range of optional modules. You might look at a theoretical topic such as major debates in religious and atheistic thought or an applied area such as mental disorders. Perhaps you’ll pick our independent study module to focus on any topic that sparks your interest.

Your ability to evaluate arguments, assess evidence and think critically will be invaluable to employers. The way you look at problems through a philosophical lens will also give you an edge.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

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

PPR Admissions
+44 (0) 1524 594262