The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language offers students the opportunity to investigate topics including normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality.
The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught by staff from both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. It focuses on topics within epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. Classes are available which cover normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality.
- Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
- St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.
- A range of modules is available with a specific focus on epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language.
- Supervisors at both St Andrews and Stirling are available to oversee the MLitt dissertation.
The MLitt degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to four modules. Each module has a minimum contact time of 12 hours.
The modules are taught as small group discussion seminars, with an average size of four to eight students in each group. Additionally, there may be class trips when relevant to the taught modules.
The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework including:
- book reviews,
- annotated bibliographies,
- visual analysis and object analysis essays,
- reading journals,
- research papers.
The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language can also be taken as a part-time programme. Students will be expected to take three modules per year over two years, working on the dissertation over two summers.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
Students must take three compulsory modules over the course of the programme.
Semester 1 – these two modules are taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional cost.
- Current Issues in Philosophy 1: focuses on epistemology and ethics.
- Research Methods: aims to foster the range of skills required for independent research in philosophy. Students may choose to join a seminar group most related to their interests.
- Current Issues in Philosophy 2: examines the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind.
You will also have the opportunity to choose from a selection of modules which focus on epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. These modules may include:
- Formal Epistemology
- Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology
- Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Logic
- Philosophy of Mind
If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of logic, or if you have limited prior experience in this area, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, held throughout the year.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of philosophy you are interested in; you will be encouraged to start considering a topic for the dissertation during Semester 2. Each student is supported through their dissertation by a relevant supervisor from the Department.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Recent graduates in Philosophy have found openings in:
- local government
- television production (Sky Sports)
- the National Health Service
- the Co-operative Bank
- the Crown Prosecution Service
- teaching English in Japan
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
- A very strong 2.1 Honours degree in or including Philosophy. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
- If you do not have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, you may be interested in the Conversion in Philosophy.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- personal statement (optional).
- a sample of academic written work (2,500 words maximum).
- two original signed academic references.
- academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
The following competitive scholarships are offered for students on the MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language:
Philosophical Quarterly bursaries
SASP will be funding a number of bursaries for students in the MLitt programme in 2019-2020 courtesy of generous funding provided by the Philosophical Quarterly journal. Each bursary will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU fee level. The Home/EU fee waiver can be awarded to an Overseas fee-paying student, who will then be required to meet the remainder of the tuition fee from other sources.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
Other taught postgraduate scholarships
St Andrews and Stirling are both committed to helping as many students as possible continue in higher education through scholarship opportunities. There is a wide range of postgraduate scholarships available for you to apply for, either via the university or directly via charitable organisations.
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