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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Philosophy

Programme code:MA-PHILUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Edward Elliott Contact

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

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a bachelor degree with a 2.1 honours (or equivalent) and some interest in or knowledge of philosophy.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 94 with no less than 21 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing.

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:

PHIL5105MLandmarks in Analytic Philosophy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5110MWays of Doing Analytic Philosophy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

PHIL5170MPhilosophy Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
PHIL5900MPhilosophy: Extended Dissertation90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Candidates will be required to study one of the following foundation modules:

PHIL5200MMind, Language, Reality30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5223MEthics, Meta-Ethics and Political Philosophy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to take their remaining credits (0-30) from the following optional modules:

HPSC5171MTopics in the Philosophy of Physics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5360MAesthetics and the Philosophy of Art30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5460MFeminist Philosophy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5560MExistentialism and Phenomenology30 creditsNot running in 202324
PHIL5660MPhilosophy of Logic and Mathematics30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL5760MKant30 creditsNot running in 202324
PHIL5860MPhilosophy of the Social Sciences30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL5915MIndependent Study A30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL5920MIndependent Study B30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL5960MTopics in the Philosophy of Biology30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 24/08/2023 15:44:13


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