Taught course

Epistemology, Mind and Language

Institution
University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department
Qualifications
MLittPGDipMPhil

Entry requirements

A good first degree in philosophy: a UK upper second class honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma).

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MLitt in Epistemology, the Philosophy of Mind and the Philosophy of Language offers students the opportunity to investigate topics including normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality.

Course highlights

  • A range of modules are available with a specific focus on epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language.
  • The Arché research group often discusses topics of interests to students on the MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language.
  • Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language is a one year taught postgraduate programme run by the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught by staff from both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. It focuses on topics within epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language; with classes covering normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality available.

Students have the opportunity to study topics in these philosophical areas through lectures, tutorials and reading groups. Modules are taught in small groups of four to ten students, with all postgraduate taught students in the Department participating in the compulsory Current Issues modules. In 2014-2015, there were approximately 30 postgraduate taught students in the Department.

The programme consists of six taught modules taken over two semesters (each assessed by coursework) and a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Every MLitt student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the year. Your adviser will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, academic conduct, and advice on how best to apply for a PhD place.

Information for international students

A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) is required. Specific details are available here: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
£7500
International students
£17090

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
21 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations44
Written coursework / continuous assessment22
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
philosophy@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1334 462486