MA in Philosophy
This programme is designed for students who wish to broaden their study of philosophy and make a gradual transition to research. It is ideally suited to students with previous philosophical training who would like to widen their knowledge of topics, gain more training in philosophical methodology, and/or narrow down their interests of specialisation in preparation for an MPhil/PhD. The flexibility of this programme ensures that students are able to negotiate their own path of study through a range of modules which reflect the research specialisms and publications of the teaching staff, who are nationally and internationally recognised experts in their fields.
The MA in Philosophy comprises four 30-credit coursework modules (for a total of 120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). The four coursework modules are:
- PL805 Special Topics I
- PL806 Special Topics II
- PL855 Theoretical Philosophy
- PL856 Practical Philosophy
There are three ways to receive credit for these modules:
- MA students are expected to attend, and may choose to be assessed on the basis of essays on topics covered in, our Graduate Seminars. The seminars are divided into two streams: Theoretical Reasoning, and History of Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. Topics covered vary each year in line with current staff research. Recent topics include the epistemology of disagreement, paradoxes, game theory, and Derek Parfit's On What Matters.
- In addition to attending the graduate seminars, MA students may, in consultation with the MA Programme Director, choose from a number of mixed undergraduate/graduate modules, typically assessed by a 4,000-word essay. The module offering varies from year to year. For a complete list of what is currently offered, please consult the Stage 2/3 module list.
- MA Students are also able to choose from, and be assessed on the basis of, any of the modules available on the MA in Reasoning as well as the Philosophy modules offered on the MA in Aesthetics. Special topics are also available from other approved MA programmes in the School of European Culture and Languages, the School of Arts, and the Kent Law School.
Upon successful completion of the four coursework essays, students proceed to the writing of the dissertation (60 credits):
This component is assessed on the basis of a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic. Students work with their dissertation supervisor during the six-week Summer Term and have the summer to write up.
Last updated August 31, 2015