Taught course


University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department
MLittPGDipConversion Diploma

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


Course content

Course highlights

  • Students can choose any of the optional modules offered by the Department, allowing you to choose any combination of philosophical topics.
  • Taking a range of modules allows for maximum flexibility when choosing a dissertation topic.
  • 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 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.

Students on the MLitt in Philosophy have the opportunity to study a broad range of philosophical topics, 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 35 postgraduate taught students in the Department.

Those on the MLitt in Philosophy may sign up for any of the postgraduate taught modules offered by the department, building a timetable which best suits individual interests. The course offers flexibility for those students who are not yet sure of their research interests, or who wish to gain a broader understanding of issues and debates across the discipline. This flexibility allows students to combine the modules which are of most interest; combining logic and ethics for example, or metaphysics and political philosophy.

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 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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Conversion Diploma

part time
21 months
full time
9 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