Entry requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or with a significant philosophical component; a strong personal statement; a writng sample of 2500 words

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study Philosophy at an advanced level, with world leading researchers and teachers. Through interactive seminars, written and oral coursework, research skills classes, and—in the dissertation—the production of a piece of independent philosophical research, you will develop and refine the skills which will provide a foundation for PhD research in Philosophy, or for the research, communication and analysis needed in a non-academic career.

The breadth and depth of research expertise in the Philosophy department means that we can offer you an unusually broad range of options for Masters-level study. The department has strengths across all core areas of analytic philosophy and continental philosophy. But, we have particular strengths in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Moral and Political Philosophy, Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy. The influential Leiter report lists us in the top groupings in each of those six areas. In each area, we are one of the top 3 UK departments for that specialism. The strength of research in the Philosophy department was acknowledged in the 2014 REF, in which the department was ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st in the UK for the quality of published research in Philosophy.

To develop your research skills, you’ll take a core Research Methods module.

To promote breadth of knowledge, you’ll also be expected to take at least one module from three different areas of Philosophy:

  • Theoretical Philosophy (including: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language or Logic)
  • Value Theory (modules covering topics in Ethics, Aesthetics, or Political Philosophy)
  • History of Philosophy

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with no more than two components at 6.5 or 6.0, or other accepted language test.

Fees and funding

UK students
For 2018/19: £8,580
International students
For 2018/19: £19,300

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)24 761 50522