• Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months


Why Lancaster?

  • Learn from a team of experts specializing in the interaction between areas like healthcare, ethics and philosophy
  • Benefit from an applied approach – understand how philosophy can help us solve pressing challenges in the modern world
  • Go beyond Western philosophy with a course designed to explore philosophy from a global perspective
  • Build your professional experience by presenting your ideas and getting feedback at the department’s postgraduate conference
  • Become confident in thinking critically and evaluating arguments – both skills valued by employers

From crippling economies to Britain’s mental health crisis, philosophy can help us unlock the answers to todays most pressing issues. Join us to discuss and debate different topics while exploring your interests and widening your career options.

Digging deeper

We start this course by asking a vital question – what is philosophy? You’ll explore its value, the methods used and debates within the subject. At the same time, our teaching team will discuss their fascinating research on everything from gender to feminist philosophy.

A critical part of this course is completing a dissertation. You’ll have 20,000 words to explore an area of philosophy that interests you. Whenever you need support, you’ll be able to turn to your academic supervisor.

The freedom to explore

Alongside the core module and dissertation, you’ll choose from our range of optional modules. You might look at a theoretical topic such as major debates in religious and atheistic thought or an applied area such as mental disorders. Perhaps you’ll pick our independent study module to focus on any topic that sparks your interest.

Your ability to evaluate arguments, assess evidence and think critically will be invaluable to employers. The way you look at problems through a philosophical lens will also give you an edge.


There’s no typical career path for philosophy graduates, but you won’t be short of options when you graduate thanks to your broad skillset.

You’ll finish this course with a whole spectrum of skills which will be useful across different sectors. Critical thinking is one area where you’ll excel and it’s a skill that will significantly boost your employability.

Our MA Philosophy graduates go on to secure a range of roles within diverse organisations such as:

  • Charities
  • Organisations in the voluntary sector
  • The Civil Service
  • The police
  • Education

Alternatively, you might decide to carry on studying with a PhD – an excellent opportunity to specialize further and make your mark in this field of research.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 degree in a related subject is normally required. We will also consider applications where you have a degree in other subjects, have a 2:2 or equivalent result and/or extensive relevant experience. In these cases, you should clearly demonstrate how your experience and skills have prepared you for postgraduate study.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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