This combined programme offered by Philosophy and Classics aims to introduce students to the main fields, topics, and research methods in ancient philosophy. The programme is accessible through both Classics and Philosophy, with a variety of taught courses offered by specialists in both subject areas.

The programme is suitable for applicants with different previous backgrounds, most obviously, in philosophy and classics, but also in history, political theory, science, and literature.

It is a taught degree combining seminar teaching on specific topics with individual research supervision. In this programme, you will be exposed to the main doctrines and texts of ancient philosophy from a broad range of areas (Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophy, Late Antiquity).

For all those who wish it (especially if you plan to go on to a PhD in Ancient Philosophy), there will be an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of classical languages by studying the course texts in the original language.

  • Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK in the THE ranking by the subject of the REF 2014.
  • Study a range of areas including Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle
  • The opportunity to study course texts in the original language, enhancing your knowledge of classical languages

This degree comprises 180 credits of assessment, taken over one year (full-time).

All students undertake a dissertation in Ancient Philosophy which is 60 credits and around 8,000-10,000 words in length.

This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths

An important goal of the programme is to develop the ability to reconstruct, analyse and critically assess philosophical arguments and doctrines on the basis of a careful study of the texts.

The degree is designed to provide a necessary preparation for further postgraduate research towards a doctoral degree, or an academic background to a professional career outside academia.

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Last updated February 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Aug 2019
1 year
22,600 GBP
Overseas/International | Home/EU: £10,700
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