Taught course

Epistemology, Ethics and Mind (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree or its international equivalent, in philosophy. Students with academic backgrounds in disciplines closely related to Philosophy, such as Politics, Classics or Cognitive Science, will also be considered, particularly where they have taken courses in Philosophy at undergraduate level. If your background is in another related area, contact the Programme Director to discuss your application. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) TOEFL-iBT: 100 (at least 23 in all sections) PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills") sections CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative online MSc allows students across the world to take advantage of Edinburgh’s remarkable range of expertise in the core philosophical areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. You can earn a graduate certificate, a diploma, or an MSc by completing courses that extend across these three areas.

Thanks to our state-of-the-art e-learning software and extensive digital resources, you can gain a world-class graduate qualification without the expense of relocating. You will also benefit from the flexible structure of the programme, which will allow you to balance your studies with work and family commitments and to develop your own specialised interest under the expert guidance of our distinguished academics.

You are offered core courses in philosophical methodology and in the areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

There are advanced option courses available in epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and also an option course in philosophy of science.

Those taking the full MSc degree will write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic that is developed in consultation with faculty teaching on the programme.

Information for international students

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements: www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 651 5002