Research course


University of Birmingham · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry qualification for research studies is an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised institution.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that help develop research and related skills. You take a Philosophical Research module and then choose two modules from:

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • God, Freedom, and the Meaning of Life
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • Value of Life

The MRes is a self-standing research programme; however many students treat it as preparatory for the PhD.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005