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MA in Philosophy

This programme consists of five taught modules and a dissertation of 20,000 words. Each taught module counts for 20 credits and is usually assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The five taught modules combine to make 100 credits, while the dissertation equals 80 credits.

The programme can be taken either in a full-time mode (completed in 12 months) or as a part-time degree.


In addition to the particular core programme modules listed below, taught postgraduate programmes in PPR are supported by a core theory and methods module. This module is designed to deliver generic knowledge and skills relating to postgraduate studies and ties in with subject-specific theories and methods delivered across PPR

Core Modules

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • PPR450: What is Philosophy? Methods, Aims, Debates

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR451: Philosophy of Mind and Psychology
  • PPR452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy
  • PPR454: Foundations of Bioethics
  • PPR455: Children and Health
  • PPR456: Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
  • PPR457: Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics
  • PPR458: Public Health and Ethical and Legal Issues
  • PPR459: Ethics and Governance
  • PPR460: Issues in Environmental Philosophy
  • PPR461: Existentialism
  • PPR462: Issues in Philosophy of Science
  • PPR463: Issues in Practical Philosophy

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Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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