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Entry requirements

The NCH Admissions Team prefers to look at you as an individual and at your potential to thrive at the College. Entry requirements for postgraduate study at NCH consists of a reference and a personal statement.

References and personal statements are critical for assessing your potential to flourish. Your reference, if possible, should come from an academic contact, generally someone who has advised a dissertation or with whom you’ve closely worked.

Offers are normally made to applicants holding an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis, and we are happy to consider applicants who have been out of education for a while, who have equivalent professional experience etc.

NCH welcomes applications from mature students and will individually work with you to ensure you submit the strongest application possible.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Arts degree in Philosophy provides a rigorous and wide-ranging programme relevant both to those entering formal philosophical study as graduates of other disciplines and to philosophy graduates seeking to consolidate and expand their studies.

The MA in Philosophy can be completed in one year (full time), or stretched over two or three years (part time)**.

NCH, with its lively and inter-disciplinary research culture and faculty including the philosophers AC Grayling, Simon Blackburn, Daniel Dennett, and Peter Singer, small-group seminars conducive to stimulating debate, and focused one-to-one tutorials and supervisions, offers a distinctive environment which is exceptionally conducive to the successful study of philosophy.

For the MA Philosophy you will complete two compulsory core courses:

You can choose four of the following optional courses:

  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Epistemology & Philosophy of Science
  • History of Ethics
  • Kant to Nietzsche
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind & Language
  • Political Philosophy

You then complete the MA Philosophy dissertation

*Please note, international students who require a visa are not eligible

Information for international students

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English in order to study at the College.

We ask for 7.0 in the IELTS, with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. English language qualifications must have been obtained within two years prior to application to NCH.

If you have studied in English at a higher level you may not be required to provide an English test.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,000 (full-time) £5,000 (part-time)
International students
£14,000 (full-time)

Most postgraduate students from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as EU nationals and those who have lived in the EEA or Switzerland, or those with “settled status” can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 from the Student Loan Company (SLC).

To determine if you are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan, please consult the following government agencies, according to your place of residence:

Visit Postgraduate loans for more information.

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

NCH Admissions
+44 (0)20 7637 4550