Taught course


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

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in philosophy of at least 2:1 honours standard (UK) or equivalent. For example, at least high average B or 3.4+ out of 4 (North America). Students whose first degree is not in philosophy may be considered for admission: such applicants must have achieved a high standard in their undergraduate work and provide evidence that they are capable of converting to study in philosophy. In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, please submit a sample of your written academic work from within the last 2 years.

Months of entry


Course content

The taught MSc in Philosophy provides an intensive grounding in philosophy, its methodology and techniques of research.

Students take six single-semester courses from a range of courses offered, and write a dissertation at the end of the second semester and over the summer. Within the range of option courses students may choose to specialise in one of five main areas where the department has particular research strengths:

  • Ancient philosophy;
  • Early modern philosophy;
  • Epistemology;
  • Ethics;
  • Mind and cognition.

Alternatively, students can choose to pursue a more broad-based curriculum spanning the breadth of contemporary analytical philosophy. All students are expected to take at least one course in philosophical methods. Those students who do not have a strong background in analytic philosophy may be required to take both an introductory and an advanced course in philosophical methods.

Fees and funding

College awards; scholarships from home countries; AHRB. Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5002