Taught course

Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy

University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department
MLittPGDipConversion Diploma

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

Course highlights

  • Optional modules in Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy are available to students on the MLitt.
  • Supervisors at both St Andrews and Stirling are available to oversee the MLitt dissertation.
  • 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 Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy 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. The focus is on introducing students to contemporary debates in the fields of Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy, whilst also encouraging connections between these various specialisms.

Students on the MLitt in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy 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) a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Every MLitt student is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the year. Your advisor 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


full time
9 months
part time
21 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 462486