Taught course


University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in analytic philosophy. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for those with a background in analytic philosophy wishing to pursue further study in philosophy, and is the programme that you should take if you wish to progress to the PhD. It will build on your undergraduate study of analytical philosophy and challenge you to acquire a more specialised, and deeper, understanding of philosophical issues.

Why Glasgow

  • You will work closely with our staff to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the subject whilst augmenting your other research skills through writing, delivering presentations and interaction with fellow students.
  • You will have many opportunities to participate in our flourishing philosophical community. There is a weekly postgraduate seminar and an annual reading party where you will present papers and receive personalized feedback from staff and fellow students. And there is a host of regular research seminars, workshops, conferences and reading groups on a wide variety of philosophical topics that you will also be able to attend.
  • The study of philosophy at Glasgow builds on a prestigious history that includes the achievements of great thinkers such as Francis Hutcheson, Adam Smith and Thomas Reid. Today, we continue their tradition of free enquiry and intellectual innovation through our teaching and research, including the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience and the Forum for Philosophy of Religion.
  • The extensive and internationally recognized expertise of our staff will allow you to develop your interests a great variety of philosophical topics – from the more practical to the most theoretical end of the subject.

Programme Structure

The degree is driven by a philosophy research methods course, complemented by courses to deepen your understanding in core areas of philosophy and a dissertation that will enable you to develop your own particular philosophical interests in depth.

The degree has three components: a research methods module (40 credits), four optional subject modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation on a specialised topic, supported by a supervisor over the summer (60 credits). Subject areas typically include:

  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language.

You choose a specialised topic for the subject of your dissertation supported by the wide range of experience of the Philosophy staff.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.5. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23 CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. PTE Academic: 64; minimum 62 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Michael Brady