Research course


University of Exeter · Philosophy
MA by research

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Entry requirements

You should have a good first degree either in Philosophy or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA by Research in Philosophy has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the MPhil or PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.

We offer PhD supervision on a range of philosophical topics, especially philosophy of science (natural and social), philosophy of mind, social and political philosophy and social/applied ethics.

Some of our areas of study include:

  • critical social theory
  • history of German philosophy
  • history and philosophy of biology
  • philosophy and methodology of economics
  • philosophical and social scientific issues relating to the Holocaust
  • philosophical anthropology
  • philosophy of emotions and embodied cognition
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of science and technology
  • social and political philosophy
  • social/applied ethics
  • Wittgenstein.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Degrees
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