Research course

Philosophy- MPhil

University of Warwick · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

A First Class honours degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or with a significant Philosophy component; two writing samples of around 2,500 words each on philosophical topics (ideally these will be recent essays or extracts on relevant topics for which you received a good mark); a strong statement of purpose.

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Months of entry


Course content

The Warwick MPhil in Philosophy is a leading research programme for students looking to progress to independent study. Engage in focused research at master’s level under close expert supervision, as part of an active research community.

You will gain advanced expertise on your chosen range of topics in Philosophy, as well as carry out your own research project. The skills and subject knowledge you will gain will prepare you ideally for further independent academic research. The MPhil also provides an excellent foundation for you to go on to a PhD.

Teaching and learning

During this two-year programme research programme, you will study and receive supervisions in three different areas of philosophy.

The key areas of study will cover historical areas including, for example, key figures such as Plato, Descartes, Kant, Husserl and Wittgenstein, and also Moral and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind.

In each of your three chosen areas, you will write two 5,000-word supervised research papers, one set due at the end of your first year, the other due at the end of the first term of the second year. In the remainder of your second year, you will undertake and submit a research thesis of approximately 30,000 words.

The primary means of study is by fortnightly supervisions, with at least one term of the first year devoted to each of the three areas of study you have chosen. You will be assigned a specialist supervisor for each area, who will agree topics for the papers which you will produce for each supervision. In addition, you will be encouraged to attend appropriate graduate classes to support your supervisory preparation. Graduate classes may be taken from amongst those offered on our Master’s programmes, or be research led classes put on for the benefit specifically of MPhil students and PhD students.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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