Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 or overseas equivalent in Philosophy.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is intended to provide in depth study of specialized areas of analytical philosophy. It is for those seeking to go on to complete a three year doctoral programme or who wish to obtain an externally credited Masters with rigorous research training.

Course aims:
The course aims to prepare outstanding Philsophy graduates for doctoral research.

Special features:
4 of the 5 course modules are highly specialized `Research Paper' units, taught by members of staff on their own area of research. The dissertation component is more substantial than other Master's courses, providing a firm foundation for PhD study.

Module details:
The course consists of 5 modules and a dissertation. 1 module is compulsory: the MA/MRes Research Skills module. The remaining 4 are `Research Papers'. These modules are based on the current research of staff and are thus very specialized and tend to vary from year to year. Previous modules have included: The Theory of Descriptions; Collective Obligation; Smith's The Moral Problem; Philosophy of Music. The dissertation is a substantial piece of work, counting for 50% of the course. This long essay may form the basis for subsequent doctoral study.

Information for international students

IELTS - Overall 7, writing score 7 TOEFL - Overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT) TOEFL - Overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT). This test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted. TOEFL - Overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0) 161 275 1296