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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Philosophy

Programme code:MA-PHILUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Pekka Vayrynen Contact address:P.Vayrynen@leeds.ac.uk

A part time variant of this programme is available (programme code MA-PHIL-PT).

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a 1st class or high 2:1 in a single or joint honours degree in Philosophy

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Programme specification:

The programme will:

1. introduce students to some current debates in Philosophy research and enable them to locate their own position and pursue their own interests in relation to those debates;
2. enable students to fill gaps in their undergraduate study of philosophy;
3. provide students with the opportunity to overview some major historical and philosophical themes in understanding the history of philosophy and the contribution of contemporary philosophy;
4. allow students to pursue a personal interest in a specialised area of Philosophy by taking an appropriate optional module;
5. develop students' skills in the practice of independent research in a specialised area of Philosophy;
6. prepare students for efficient completion of a PhD in Philosophy.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates are required to study 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL5001MAnalytic Philosophy A30 creditsSemester 1
PHIL5002MAnalytic Philosophy B30 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to select one of the following dissertation modules:

PHIL5170MPhilosophy Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
PHIL5900MPhilosophy: Extended Dissertation90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep

Candidates are required to select their remaining credits from the following modules (subject to the approval of the MA Director):

HPSC5150MHistorical Skills and Practices30 creditsSemester 2
HPSC5171MTopics in the Philosophy of Physics30 creditsSemester 1
HPSC5201MCurrent Approaches in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine30 creditsSemester 1
HPSC5510MAdvanced Topics in Realism and Representation in Science30 creditsNot running in 201920
HPSC5601MHistory & Theory of Modern Science Communication30 creditsSemester 1
HPSC5610MAdvanced Topics in Metaphysics of Science30 creditsNot running in 201920
HPSC5620MPhilosophy of Science: Classic Debates & Current Trends30 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL5070MMetaphysical Issues in Philosophy of Religion30 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL5095MSpecial Options in Philosophy A30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
PHIL5225MContemporary Readings in Philosophy of Religion30 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL5860MPhilosophy of the Social Sciences30 creditsSemester 2
PHIL5915MIndependent Study A30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
PHIL5920MIndependent Study B30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
PHIL5930MSpecial Options in Philosophy B30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
PRHS5400MReligion, Politics and Society30 creditsSemester 2
THEO5030MSin, Public Discourse and Public Life30 creditsSemester 2
THEO5050MReligions and Global Development30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5120MReligion, Gender and Sexuality30 creditsSemester 1
THEO5370MTheology and Public Life30 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 19/08/2019

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