Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree in philosophy (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Philosophy offers a stimulating research environment for our graduate students, with distinguished visiting speakers coming to the University of Reading each term. We also regularly host major conferences, including an annual conference sponsored by our home journal Ratio. Being within easy reach of Oxford and London, you can also take advantage of the wealth of philosophy events at these two leading centres of research. Our Department is dynamic, forging links with other departments and universities and devising new ways of improving the education and experience of our students. There is a range of great opportunities for collaboration with staff and other students at regular seminars, reading groups and events organised by the student-run Philosophy Society. We are also well known for our friendly, collaborative atmosphere, in which students and staff get to know one another on an individual basis.

• An intensive but flexible programme for graduates wanting to develop their studies • Ideal preparation for those wishing to undertake doctoral research • Focus on your own areas of research • Benefit from one-to-one supervision with experts in your chosen field of study • Broaden your philosophical knowledge through classes, seminars, reading groups, lectures and guest speaker events

Master’s students gain transferable skills which are valued highly by employers in a range of non-academic fields. For example, our graduates have the ability to carry out independent research, and to present clear written and oral arguments. Our graduates have gone on to careers in politics, the media, the civil service, advertising, journalism, law, the police, retail, management, and a wide variety of other professions. Our MRes students also finish the programme well prepared for PhD research. Recent master’s students have gone on to do PhDs at Reading, and at other excellent institutions in the UK, US and elsewhere.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation20 (20000 words)
Assessed Presentation of work20

Course contact details

Dr Severin Schroeder