At least an upper second-class Honours degree in Philosophy (or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy is a component). Candidates with degrees in other relevant subjects (eg, Medicine, Theology, Psychology) are also encouraged to apply. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Learn more about international entry requirements.
Standard English language requirements apply
Months of entry
This programme focuses on the growing field of happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness? What is health? How does illness affect our understating of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are and how meaningful our lives are?
You will explore issues at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, psychology and medicine, which have important implications for policy and health care. This programme is aimed at graduates who have a background in philosophy, psychology, theology, health sciences, medicine or social sciences. It also carries CPD credits for members of the Royal College of Physicians.
- Research Skills and Methods
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
- Global Bioethics
- Global Ethics
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science
On-campus students can also choose optional modules from within School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, the School of Psychology, or the Birmingham Law School
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days.
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year.
Information for international students
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
Available via distance learning
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005