Taught course

Philosophy (Public Policy)

University of Liverpool · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Please see the course page on the University website for full entry requirements details.

Months of entry


Course content

You will learn how philosophical theory and analysis can be used to understand and shape public policy, scientific practice and as a force for social and political change.

Through your compulsory modules, you will be introduced to philosophical critiques of society, and of particularly important social institutions, such as science, thereby learning to better understand the world in which we live. You will develop the tools to apply knowledge for use in public life while gaining a solid foundation for postgraduate research in philosophy or the social sciences.

Through a series of optional modules, you will have access to a wide range of philosophical topics which will further enhance your studies and your personal perspective on social issues.


  • Understanding of current issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, religion, ethics, and practical philosophy
  • Understanding of public policy and how policies are devised
  • Philosophical critiques of society and social institutions
  • Critical reading and critical thinking
  • Communication skills, both verbally and in writing, through open debates and written assessments
  • Practical experience of being part of a university research community
  • Key research and professional skills
  • Training in the forensic, dialectical and analytical tools that characterise good philosophical practice

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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