Taught course

Philosophy (Conversion Programme)

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This degree will enable you, if you don’t already have a degree in analytic philosophy, to gain in-depth knowledge of the core areas of the subject and to acquire the key research skills for pursuing and developing your own philosophical interests.

Why Glasgow

  • 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 and Religion.
  • 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.
  • There are 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.
  • You will receive tuition and close support from our welcoming and supportive staff, enabling you to draw upon their internationally recognised expertise in the subject.

Programme Structure

The programme has three components:

1. Introduction to Analytic Philosophy (40 credits)
2. Four optional courses drawn from the following range of subjects (20 credits each):

  • moral philosophy
  • epistemology
  • political philosophy
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of language
  • philosophy of logic and mathematics
  • origins of analytic philosophy
  • philosophy of religion
  • philosophy of Scottish enlightenment.

3. a dissertation guided by individual support from an expert supervisor (60 credits).

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor Michael Brady