Taught course

Conversion in Philosophy (Graduate Diploma)

University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department
Graduate Diploma

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Applicants who have not met the required 2.1 standard may still apply but will be required to submit a writing sample in support of their application.

Months of entry


Course content

The Conversion in Philosophy Graduate Diploma is a one year taught programme aimed at students who are interested in undertaking research in philosophy but have studied little or no philosophy at undergraduate level. Satisfactory performance on the Diploma may lead to entry to the SASP MLitt Philosophy programme.


  • Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The Stirling and St Andrews Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.
  • Students have a number of optional modules with a focus on philosophy to choose from.

Teaching format

Conversion Diploma students take undergraduate-level modules, but remain members of the large and vibrant postgraduate community at the universities of St Andrews and Stirling. You are invited to all postgraduate events, such as the various postgraduate reading parties, and are strongly encouraged to get fully involved with the many and various seminars, workshops, talks, and reading groups.

You will be able to choose from a range of undergraduate modules in philosophy according to your own interests. At least one module must be selected from two compulsory modules designed to introduce students to key philosophical ideas and techniques. Students on the Conversion course do not write a dissertation.


The modules in this programme are delivered through lectures combined with tutorials, discussions and independent study; they are assessed through coursework, examinations, and in some cases, in-class presentations.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
EU £8,500
International students
EU: £8,500 Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration

Graduate Diploma

part time
20 months
full time
10 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2487