Taught course

Logic and Metaphysics

University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department
MLittPGDipConversion Diploma

Entry requirements

A good first degree in Philosophy: a UK upper second class (2.1) honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma).

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Logic and Metaphysics offers students a specialist education in various topics within both Logic and Metaphysics. Students are encouraged to find connections between these specialisms and are provided with the understanding and tools required for future research.

Course highlights

  • Students have a number of optional modules with a focus on metaphysics or logic to choose from.
  • MLitt students have the opportunity to go on an annual reading party in the Scottish Highlands along with research postgraduates and staff.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Logic and Metaphysics 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 metaphysics and logic; with classes covering logic and advanced logic, formal approaches to natural languages and contemporary and historical debates in metaphysics.

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

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Conversion Diploma

full time
9 months
part time
21 months


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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462487