Taught course


University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree in philosophy or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Combining a thorough grounding in philosophy at postgraduate level with an exceptional range of options, the MA Philosophy offers a unique opportunity for advanced work in the subject. Whether you are simply intending to build on your undergraduate studies or planning to pursue advanced research, this programme has been designed to meet your needs. The range of specialised modules reflects the broad spectrum of research interests represented by our philosophers. Following core modules devoted to central philosophical issues, you can choose from the wide range of specialised modules, as well as write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. This MA meets AHRC requirements to progress to MPhil/PhD research.

Compulsory modules: Mind, Knowledge, and Reality; Philosophy of Value; Research Skills; Individual Research Topic I; Individual Research Topic II; and the Dissertation.

Optional modules (indicative): Kierkegaard; Wittgenstein; Fiction and Fictionalism; Schopenhauer; Philosophy of Music; Other Minds; Paradoxes; Nietzsche; Heidegger; Philosophy of Mathematics; Philosophy of Sex; Ethics of Belief; Happiness and Wellbeing; Scepticism

Plus dissertation

Note: modules can be taken in other Humanities subjects

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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