Taught course

Philosophy MRes

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – in Philosophy or a related subject. Applicants must also submit a previous academic essay for assessment. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


Philosophy at UEA has a dynamic, highly distinctive research profile: specialisms at various frontiers of the subject include: philosophy and the arts, (literature, film, music) philosophy and linguistics, environmental philosophy and metaphilosophy, (epistemology and methodology of philosophy). One-on-one supervisions are complemented by the Philosophy Postgraduate Research Training Workshop, a research skills module for all Masters’ students.


The programme has an undiluted Oxbridge format, with teaching structured around one-on-one tutorials. Students typically take four supervised study modules consisting of three such tutorials each. Each module involves doing research on individually agreed topics from one area of the subject, under the guidance of a member of academic staff with results presented in essays. It is also possible to take language training, (Ancient Greek, German for philosophical research purposes) in place of a module(s). A dissertation is also written on a topic chosen by the student.


The department Philosophy at UEA is a leading centre for research on Wittgenstein, with members also working in the areas of ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy and Kant, phenomenology, and the history of analytic philosophy. Experts and graduates alike are constantly in touch with students, such as a weekly guest lectures and workshops which add to the vibrancy of this course.


The Master of Research is a training programme designed to prepare students for independent research, either as part of a pathway leading to the PhD or to give students a cutting edge on the job market.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591 515