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Postgraduate taught

MA Philosophy: Ethics and Society

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2020
Contact

Dr. Adam Toon
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Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723192 (non-UK)

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Philosophy

Overview

  • We take an interdisciplinary perspective towards understanding social life
  • You’ll join an active research community and engage with the latest, cutting-edge research
  • You’ll engage with cutting-edge research on topics such as economic growth, food, medicine, animal rights, slavery and the Holocaust as well as using Wittgensteinian approaches to ethics and the social world
  • Learn how to apply a range of different philosophical methods to your own  research, including conceptual analysis, phenomenology, naturalism and historical and sociological approaches
  • Our wide range of optional modules gives you the flexibility to build a programme that suits your own interests and career ambitions

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Ranked 9th in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework when intensity (100%) and 4* and 3* grades are taken into account

Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Internationally recognised for work in philosophical anthropology and the sociology of culture

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in their first degree. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

Ethics and society is a fascinating and extremely relevant field of philosophy to study. We are constantly confronted with new developments in society, science and technology that, as individuals and communities, we must decide how to respond to, if at all. Our core module Contemporary Ethics will address these challenges by introducing you to the philosophical work of the past two decades, addressing current challenges related to human self-understanding and ethical theory.

Our focus on philosophical research methods will teach you how to reflect critically on a range of methods and explore their respective strengths and weakness. You’ll discover a range of different tools for approaching philosophical questions, providing an excellent grounding for further research in philosophy.

Optional modules give you the freedom to explore fields such as bioacoustics, cultures of the life sciences and philosophy of science.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Fees

UK/EU fees per year:

£8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time

International fees per year:

£18,500 full-time

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes

 

Teaching and research

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. Students will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules they choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

Employer-valued skills

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as: 

  • Researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Managing and interpreting information
  • Developing ideas and arguments

Career support

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.