Entry requirements

A very strong 2.1 Honours degree in or including philosophy. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in philosophy, you may be interested in the Conversion in Philosophy.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Philosophy is an interdisciplinary subject that examines and attempts to answer questions raised by human life and action, natural science, art and literature, language and communication, and history.

In the MLitt in Philosophy, you will study a wide range of topics within the discipline to broaden your understanding and investigate different research topics.

The MLitt in 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 St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.
  • Supervisors at both St Andrews and Stirling are available to oversee the MLitt dissertation.
  • You can choose any of the optional modules offered by the Department, allowing you to explore any combination of philosophical topics. 

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

The Philosophy MLitt can also be taken as a part-time programme. Students will be expected to take three modules per year over two years, followed by an 8000-word dissertation.

For more information about part-time study, please contact the postgraduate administrators by emailing pgpafs@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2487