Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above normally in philosophy or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA offers an advanced general grounding in philosophy, which forms a good basis for further research. It includes modules in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, reflecting the wide range of interests within the Department of Philosophy. You may concentrate on just one of these traditions, or take modules from both of them.

We offer modules in each of our key research areas:

  • Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy
  • mind, language and world
  • ethics and political philosophy
  • aesthetics and philosophy of fiction and of literature.


Taught modules are assessed by term papers of 5,000 words. At the end of the year you also submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take two philosophical topics from Phenomenology • Kant • Mind and Reality • Analytic Aesthetics.

Spring term: Philosophy Reading Seminar, plus two of Continental Aesthetics • Ethics • Hegel and Marx • Language and Truth • Philosophy Special Subject • Political and Legal Philosophy • approved alternative option (refer to the list, below).

The Philosophy Special Subject module allows you to work at an advanced level on a topic close to a tutor’s research interests. Topics that may be on offer include Adorno • epistemology • Hegel • Heidegger • Husserl • Kant • Marx • metaphysics • philosophical logic • philosophy of language • philosophy of mind • Wittgenstein.

One spring-term option may be replaced by an approved module from another MA, eg Emotion and Consciousness • Gender and Representation (MA in Media and Cultural Studies) • Photography and 20th-Century Visual Culture (MA in Art History) • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory (MA in Social and Political Thought).

Summer term: you take the Dissertation Training Workshop and undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (15000 words)

Course contact details

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