MA by Research Philosophy

Duration Full time 2 years
Part time 3 years
Discipline
  • Philosophy
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

The MA by Research in Philosophy has been developed to allow you to undertake a research project in an area that interests you, within a shorter timeframe than the MPhil or PhD. If you are interested in converting to an MPhil or PhD at a later stage, the MA by Research is sufficiently flexible to allow you to do so.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.

The award of MA by Research is clear evidence to employers, whether academic or professional, of your ability to conduct independent research to produce original material within a prescribed timescale. It is also an appropriate route to a PhD and successful students have the option to apply for an MPhil or PhD on successful completion. In certain circumstances it may also be appropriate for MA by Research students – with the support of their supervisor – to apply to transfer onto the MPhil/PhD programme (counting time already spent on the MA towards the MPhil/PhD), and such students should contact the Graduate Research School (ssis-grs-streatham@exeter.ac.uk) and the department Director of Doctoral Studies to discuss this.

Research areas

We offer PhD supervision on a range of philosophical topics, especially philosophy of science (natural and social), philosophy of mind, social and political philosophy and social/applied ethics.

Some of our areas of study include:

  • critical social theory
  • history of German philosophy
  • history and philosophy of biology
  • philosophy and methodology of economics
  • philosophical and social scientific issues relating to the Holocaust
  • philosophical anthropology
  • philosophy of emotions and embodied cognition
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of science and technology
  • social and political philosophy
  • social/applied ethics
  • Wittgenstein

Current work pursued by Doctoral students includes philosophy of action, explanation and understanding and various topics in philosophy of biology. Visit our research pages and staff profiles for more information about individual research interests

Entry requirements 2018

You should have a good first degree either in Philosophy or another subject that could prepare you for a research project within the Department.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Learning

A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up 40,000 words. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study. The dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject.

Unlike a taught Masters degree, there is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Effective Researcher Development Programme.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £16,400 full-time

Funding

Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for our research programmes.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Philosophy at Exeter

Philosophy in Exeter

The Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology is determinedly interdisciplinary in its focus. Our work draws together a focus on cultural and theoretical sociology, science and technology studies, anthropology, and the philosophy of the sciences (in particular biology and social science).

We are committed to the idea that drawing sociology, philosophy and related fields together enriches both fields. Many of us have specialist training in areas outside our home disciplines, in fields such as physics, music, and biochemistry. Our research in Exeter is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world.

Overall our interests fall into several main clusters:

  • philosophy of science and social science
  • social anthropology and ethnography
  • cultural sociology
  • culture, science and technology

Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all disciplines in the College.

Contact us

The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.

The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.

Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Email: ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

Learning

A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up 40,000 words. You will be supervised in preparing your thesis by a member of staff with expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study. The dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject.

Unlike a taught Masters degree, there is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential.

As a postgraduate research student you will also be able to take advantage of the University's Effective Researcher Development Programme.

Philosophy at Exeter

Philosophy in Exeter

The Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology is determinedly interdisciplinary in its focus. Our work draws together a focus on cultural and theoretical sociology, science and technology studies, anthropology, and the philosophy of the sciences (in particular biology and social science).

We are committed to the idea that drawing sociology, philosophy and related fields together enriches both fields. Many of us have specialist training in areas outside our home disciplines, in fields such as physics, music, and biochemistry. Our research in Exeter is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world.

Overall our interests fall into several main clusters:

  • philosophy of science and social science
  • social anthropology and ethnography
  • cultural sociology
  • culture, science and technology

Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all disciplines in the College.