MSc Philosophy

General

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Program Description

This programme provides the ideal foundation for future research, such as in our PhD programme

You will be offered a broad cross-section of courses to choose from and can either take a general degree or specialise in one of the areas of philosophy where we have particular strength.

You can also take advantage of the highly interdisciplinary nature of research within Philosophy and draw on teaching and research both elsewhere in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and within other relevant Schools, such as Classics, Informatics and Social and Political Science.

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities and in the world's top 20 universities for philosophy (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019)
  • Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK in the THE ranking by the subject of the REF 2014.
  • An opportunity to follow a broad programme in philosophy or focus on one of our key areas of specialisation

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation

This degree comprises 180 credits of assessment, taken over one year (full-time). All students take the following core elements:

  • Philosophical Method I (20 credits)
  • Philosophical Method II (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits, 8,000 words)

The remaining credits are then devoted to optional courses which you select in consultation with the programme director.

Usually, these courses will be in Philosophy, but with the approval of the programme director you may take up to 40 credits of option courses at level 11 from subject areas other than Philosophy. In addition, with the approval of the programme director, you may audit courses at any level and in principle from any subject area.

As part of the MSc Philosophy programme, you can opt to either gain a general degree in Philosophy or else specialise in:

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Mind and cognition
  • Philosophy of Science

The idea behind these specialisations is to provide you with a very specific programme of research training. For each specialisation, you will take a number of core courses which deal with relevant research and would typically write your dissertation on a suitable research topic under the supervision of one of the members of staff in the appropriate research cluster.

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

This is the ideal programme for deepening your involvement in philosophy, giving you a grounding in postgraduate work or developing an academic career in philosophy.

The study of philosophy helps develop general intellectual abilities and enhance analytical, critical, interpretive and problem-solving abilities. This programme brings you into a postgraduate community with a very high academic job-placement record.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this a ... Read More

The School comprises Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (Linguistics and English Language). The school aims to maintain its internationally-renowned reputation for research and to use this as a solid foundation for teaching. Read less