Masters Degree in Philosophy in United Kingdom

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Philosophy

A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

The study of philosophy is a pursuit of wisdom. It involves a type of thinking that is comprehensive and critical, and seeks to answer questions of reason, understanding, knowledge, emotion, values, rationality and different beliefs. Philosophy education may be beneficial for careers in law, politics, civil service and journalism.

UK, United Kingdom is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has been a centre of learning for the past 1,000 years and possesses many ancient and distinguished universities. Foreign students make up a significant proportion of the student body at UK universities.

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MPhil/PhD in Philosophy specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of... [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. Philosophy specialisms - MPhil / PhD The MPhil/PhD in Philosophy is for students who want to embark on a course of sustained study and research at a high level of academic achievement, whether they are looking to support their career development or pursue areas of personal interest. There are four areas of particular expertise within the Philosophy research unit at the University: ancient philosophy, post-Kantian continental philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Study will consist of research into a specific subject area relevant to your chosen field and will be agreed with your supervisor during the application process. Careers & professional development The study of philosophy at doctorate level will support your career development in academia. Alternatively, you may be interested in further study to fulfil your personal aspirations and interests. You will find teaching staff, in our small and friendly department, are very approachable and extremely supportive of your personal and academic requirements, whatever your goals and ambitions. Subject overview In the 2008 government-led research assessment exercise (RAE), current research in philosophy at the University was recognised as being of international excellence and significance. The Philosophy research unit is part of the School of Arts, Media and Education. Tutors are recognised authorities in their field and all have published numerous books and articles. The unit is small and friendly and teaching staff are relaxed, approachable and very supportive. Research topics Your selected field of study will be in an area in which the Philosophy research unit has acknowledged expertise. The focus of your study will be agreed with your tutor during the process of your application. The particular areas of expertise in which supervision is offered are as follows: - Ancient philosophy – Plato and the Platonic tradition, especially Plotinus; Aristotle and the commentators; Augustine. - Post-Kantian continental philosophy, especially Nietzsche. - American pragmatism and the philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre. - Political philosophy, especially the interface between politics and economics. - The philosophy of religion, especially positive and negative theology. Available projects Examples of current and recent studies in philosophy at doctorate level are: Porphyry’s concept of abstinence; Simone Weil’s Platonism. [-]

MLitt in Philosophy

University of Stirling
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Stirling

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are now fully merged for all postgraduate degrees and together form Scotland’s premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy institutions in the United Kingdom. [+]

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are now fully merged for all postgraduate degrees and together form Scotland’s premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy institutions in the United Kingdom. The programme maintains a staff of authoritative researchers that is large enough to teach a comprehensive and flexible range of graduate courses, and to supervise research projects. It offers graduate teaching at a level that matches the best graduate programmes elsewhere in the world, in a wide range of areas, including the history of philosophy. Course objectives The taught MLitt provides the foundation year of the programme. Modules are offered in three fundamental areas of philosophy: logic and metaphysics, moral and political philosophy, and history of philosophy. The degree is primarily designed as a preparatory year for entry to postgraduate work in philosophy. It provides a firm foundation of general understanding and skills in philosophy which will serve as a basis for sound philosophical research. Graduate students are taught in dedicated graduate classes. What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements Applicants for the MLitt should normally have a good first degree in philosophy: a UK upper second class Honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma). Applicants with other qualifications may be admitted on the recommendation of the Programme Director. English language requirements All SASP courses are taught in English. Applicants who are NOT native speakers AND whose undergraduate degree was NOT taught in English must submit a recognised English Language test. We normally require a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based). 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based). A copy of your TOEFL certificate will be sufficient. Alternatively an IELTS score of 7.00 is also acceptable/sufficient. (Ideally we prefer the IELTS exam.) The University of St Andrews offers pre-sessional English courses - you can find out more about them on the website of the St Andrews University English Language Teaching Centre. If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component IBT TOEFL: 100 with no sub test lower than 20 If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content The programme involves a one-year taught MLitt, delivered largely in St Andrews by staff from both universities, after which you may progress to a PhD within the SASP programme. The MLitt programme lasts for one year and involves six modules over two semesters and a dissertation written over the summer. The Diploma involves a nine-month, taught programme and requires satisfactory completion of all taught modules. In addition to a Research Methods module and two core modules (one in each semester) on current issues in Philosophy, the programme offers a range of options in the history of Philosophy and in special areas of philosophy. The core modules are: Current Issues in Philosophy I (first semester) and Current Issues in Philosophy II (second semester): Over the two semesters the following four components are covered by these modules (two in each semester, not necessarily in the order given): Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Language; Epistemology; Ethics Research Methods: You take this module in Semester 1. It provides an introduction to the methods and practice of research in philosophy. It will be run as a book seminar, where you present and discuss chapters or sections of a major work chosen to be accessible and challenging for MLitt students. The module will provide the experience of philosophising together: vital for philosophical development but liable to take second place in standard taught modules; it will also leave you better prepared to undertake larger and more autonomous research projects, beginning with the 15,000-word MLitt dissertation You are required to take a History module from a list of those available. Those recently available includes the following: Classical Philosophy Philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment Kant Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy Option modules recently available include the following: Advanced logic Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Perception Aesthetics Political Philosophy Topics in Recent Moral Theory Wittgenstein Philosophy of Mind Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology Advanced Epistemology Delivery and assessment The programme is taught by seminars (normally one two-hour seminar each week for each module) and individual supervision. Assessment is normally by coursework: each full module is assessed by two essays. To gain the Diploma, you must satisfactorily complete all the taught modules. To gain the MLitt, you must satisfactorily complete the taught modules and write a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words. Career opportunities Students on the MLitt have proceeded to the further study of Philosophy at PhD level. Some have remained within the SASP Graduate Programme, either at Stirling or at St Andrews, and others have gone on to leading institutions in the UK and abroad. A large number of former MLitt students have secured permanent university teaching positions. The general training in research and analytical thinking it offers also prepares you for a wide range of careers in various areas of public policy, public administration and governance. [-]

MRes Philosophy

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Norwich

The Master of Research is a research training programme designed to prepare students for independent research, either as part of a one-plus-three year route leading to the PhD or to give students a cutting edge on the job market. The programme has an undiluted Oxbridge format, with teaching structured around one-on-one tutorials. [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. Philosophy at UEA As a student within Philosophy, you will benefit from a dynamic and friendly environment with a highly distinctive research profile – an ideal place in which to be inducted into philosophical research. While actively supporting research in all core areas and periods of philosophy, we have particular research strengths at various frontiers of the subject: philosophy and the arts (literature, film, music), philosophy and linguistics, environmental philosophy, and metaphilosophy (epistemology and methodology of philosophy) are among its distinctive specialisms. Some of these benefit from the proximity to worldwide leading departments in related areas (including literature and creative writing, and environmental studies). We are a leading centre for research on Wittgenstein, while our members also work on ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy and Kant, phenomenology, and the history of analytic philosophy. Weekly guest lectures and workshops add to the vibrancy of Philosophy at UEA and make it easy for newcomers to blend into the graduate community of about thirty, and be in constant touch with academic staff. The MRes Programme The Master of Research is a research training programme designed to prepare students for independent research, either as part of a one-plus-three year route leading to the PhD or to give students a cutting edge on the job market. The programme has an undiluted Oxbridge format, with teaching structured around one-on-one tutorials. Students typically take four supervised study modules consisting of three such tutorials each. Each module involves doing research on individually agreed topics from one area of the subject, under the guidance of a member of academic staff. Results are presented in three essays. After feedback from the supervisor, two essays are revised and submitted for assessment. Students taking two such modules per semester will have fortnightly essay deadlines and tutorials. One or two supervised study modules can be replaced with appropriate taught modules from the menu of PHI MA modules. Alternatively, it is also possible to take language training (e.g. Ancient Greek, or German for philosophical research purposes) in place of one or two of the modules. One-on-one supervisions are complemented by the Philosophy Postgraduate Research Training Workshop, a research skills module for all Masters’ students. From May to September, students write a dissertation (12-15,000 words) on a topic chosen in consultation with the course director and under the guidance of a supervisor. [-]

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

London School of Theology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Greater London + 1 more

Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. [+]

Assessment: Thesis of up to 65,000 words (40,000 words for students starting after January 2014) and oral examination (viva) Who is it for? Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students. Summary LST offers research supervision for the MPhil degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. For an MPhil you need to offer a careful and critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods appropriate to your chosen field. Your thesis does not need not to be ‘original’; however, it must offer a distinctive independent contribution to knowledge, including the ability to critique new ideas and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and scholarly interpretations which is ultimately worthy of publication. While you would normally be expected to read the language of your primary sources for an MPhil, you would not be expected to engage with untranslated secondary literature. It is possible to transfer to PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research Recent MPhil theses - Rosemary Ashley, An Investigation into Authority in the Church from a Biblical Perspective - Katarina Almonte, The link between Charismatic Experiences and Revelation in John’s Gospel - Berhane Asmelash, The History of the Khatmiyyah Tariqah of Eritrea and the Impact of its Rituals and Ceremonials on Pre-existing Beliefs and Practices of the People of Eritrea RESEARCH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Normally you should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above for the MTh, MPhil and PhD) in a theological, biblical or related subject. If you have taken a second theological degree (e.g. a British MA in Biblical or Theological Studies) you will find yourself much better equipped for a research degree. If your degree is in some other discipline, you may be considered if you can show evidence of suitable formal theological education, such as a British DipHE. Work experience can be considered in place of qualifications in some circumstances. For a North American Master’s degree, you should have a GPA of at least 3.6 for the MTh and at least 3.8 for the MPhil. Candidates registered for the MTh or the MPhil whose work proves to be of the appropriate standard may (with the agreement of their supervisor(s) and the Director of Research) transfer of registration, to MPhil or to PhD respectively. Registration for a PhD programme: as is normal in UK universities, you will initially be registered for ‘MPhil with a view to PhD’. Formal transfer to PhD registration normally takes place when you are about a year (of full-time study) away from its completion. Those seeking registration with qualifications other than those indicated above should write to the Research Programmes Administrator (sandra.khalil@lst.ac.uk) at London School of Theology, giving full details of their qualifications and (where appropriate) providing photocopies of relevant transcripts. If English is not your first language you will need to arrange to take the British Council’s English test. We cannot confirm your place until you have produced an IELTS test report and reached a score of 7.0 (all individual elements should be 6.5 or higher) or an equivalent English language proficiency report. There are many test centres, easily sourced on the internet. Your proficiency in English will also be considered at interview. [-]

MRes Philosophy

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise in an area of proposed doctoral research. CORE MODULES - Knowledge and Reality - Research Skills in Philosophy OPTIONAL MODULES - Ethics - Political Philosophy - Logic and Language - Mind and Psychology - Reason and Religion Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in philosophy or in another appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy - PGDip Philosophy Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

Master of Philosophical Studies (MPHILSTUD)

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This two-year full-time (three to four years part-time) in-depth study is for students considering further research in the subject. The deeper grounding in philosophy than the MA Philosophy will allow you time [+]

This two-year full-time (three to four years part-time) in-depth study is for students considering further research in the subject. The deeper grounding in philosophy than the MA Philosophy will allow you time to think out a PhD topic should you wish to progress to a research degree. The MPhilStud provides in-depth knowledge of three areas of philosophy as well the opportunity to engage seriously in philosophical research by writing papers, by presenting one’s own work in research seminars and by writing a thesis. Upon completion of MPhilStud, you can apply directly for the PhD which is ordinarily completed in a quicker timeframe than those without an MPhilStud. CORE MODULES - Research Skills in Philosophy - Philosophy Essays OPTIONAL MODULES - Knowledge and Reality - Ethics - Political Philosophy - Logic and Language - Mind and Psychology - Reason and Religion Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy - PGDip Philosophy Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics in Education

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This unique degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy of religion and ethics in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the A Level [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. This unique degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy of religion and ethics in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the A Level syllabi. You will focus on topics on the A Level syllabi with a module on Teaching Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, which includes training in the methodology of Philosophy for Children. It is for both those with previous education in these areas of study, and those seeking a rigorous introduction. CORE MODULES - Teaching Philosophy and Ethics - Reason and Religion - Foundations in Ethics OPTIONAL MODULES - Ethical Issues Today - Bioethics and Sexual Ethics - Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education - PGDip Philosophy of Religion & Ethics in Education Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MA Philosophy in Education

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This innovative degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the AQA A Level in [+]

This innovative degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the AQA A Level in Philosophy. You will focus on topics on the A Level syllabus and teaching philosophy, which includes training in the methodology of Philosophy for Children. The degree is for both those with previous education in philosophy, and those seeking a rigorous introduction. CORE MODULES - Teaching Philosophy and Ethics - Knowledge and Reality - Introduction to Philosophy OPTIONAL MODULES - Ethics - Reason and Religion - Mind and Psychology - Logic and Language - Political Philosophy Entry - An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy in Education - PGDip Philosophy in Education Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MA Philosophy and Religion

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Explore the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and address questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. Explore the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and address questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis. The degree attracts a wide range of students – those engaged in the study and practice of religion, and those whose professional life involves philosophical and ethical questions. CORE MODULES - Understanding Religion in the Age of Modernity - Reason and Religion OPTIONAL MODULES FOR THE ETHICS PATHWAY - Foundations in Ethics - Ethical Issues Today - Bioethics and Sexual Ethics OPTIONAL MODULES FOR THE PHILOSOPHIC PATHWAY - Selected Themes in European Philosophy - The Franciscan Spiritual Tradition: Faith, Reason and Spirituality OPTIONAL MODULES FOR THE INTERRELIGIOUS STUDY PATHWAY - Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought - Contemporary Judaism Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy & Religion - PGDip Philosophy & Religion Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MA Philosophy

Heythrop College - University Of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Explore philosophical issues either as a development of undergraduate study or following your first degree in another [+]

Explore philosophical issues either as a development of undergraduate study or following your first degree in another suitable subject. The degree is a coherent presentation of the central questions of philosophy. CORE MODULES - Knowledge and Reality - Political Philosophy - Ethics - Political Philosophy OPTIONAL MODULES - Introduction to Philosophy - Logic and Language - Mind and Psychology - Reason and Religion Entry An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in philosophy or in another appropriate subject Interim awards - PGCert Philosophy - PGDip Philosophy Course length - 1 years full-time - 2 years part-time [-]

MA Philosophy

University of Birmingham, College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

On this programme you will be able to choose from a variety of modules covering key areas in Philosophy. These include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science; ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and [+]

Best Masters in Philosophy in United Kingdom 2017. On this programme you will be able to choose from a variety of modules covering key areas in Philosophy. These include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science; ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of language; philosophy of health and happiness; value of life. You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available. This programme can also be used as a route into PhD research. You will take a core research skills module and then select five modules from a range of options offered by Philosophy (including the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics) and other departments. Available modules within Philosophy include: Epistemology God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life Metaphysics Philosophy of Cognitive Science Philosophy of Health and Happiness Philosophy of Language Philosophy of Mind Value of Life Research Seminar You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation Employability The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune. Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments. Over the past five years, over 93% of Philosophy postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from the Civil Service to finance. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Afrikids (child rights organisation); Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust; Muslim Scout Fellowship; Rights and Humanity; University of Birmingham; and University of Edinburgh. [-]

Master in Philosophy

University of Aberdeen
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Aberdeen

The Department is strongly committed to philosophical research and aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment for both staff and postgraduate students. [+]

Master in Philosophy

Research Degrees: MPhil, PhD

Background

The Department is strongly committed to philosophical research and aims to provide a stimulating intellectual environment for both staff and postgraduate students.

The department has been growing rapidly in the last two years, with the addition of nine new members of staff. As a result, the department now has staff who are active in the following areas of research: Continental Philosophy, Epistemology (especially contemporary work on Scepticism and Formal Epistemology), History of Philosophy (especially 17th and 18th century), History and Philosophy of Science (including Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Physics), Metaphysics, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Philosophy of Mind.... [-]


Master in Philosophical Research

University of Aberdeen
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Aberdeen

Besides those directly demanded by philosophical thought itself, there are a variety of intellectual and operational skills involved in effective research in philosophy and its communication. These include analysis of the specific research questions raised by a broad problem and their interrelations and dependences... [+]

Master in Philosophical Research

Programme Length: MLitt 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Aims

Besides those directly demanded by philosophical thought itself, there are a variety of intellectual and operational skills involved in effective research in philosophy and its communication. These include analysis of the specific research questions raised by a broad problem and their interrelations and dependences, the orchestration of a progressive order of approach to them, the search for and organisation of relevant sources, the ability to identify parallels in issues in different areas of philosophy and to know when and how to profit from collateral investigation of them, the development of presentational skills to enable one to secure the most effective feedback on one’s work, and the ability to write up in ways that maximise the accessibility and impact of one’s ideas. And increasingly, in the current economic milieu, philosophers need to be able to explain the interest of their work to non-specialist constituencies.... [-]