MA Philosophy 2018/19 entry

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

This degree captures the distinctive approach to philosophy at Exeter, taking an interdisciplinary perspective on the some of the biggest questions facing mankind.

Topics covered include:

  • the philosophical, social and ethical dilemmas posed by science and technology;
  • the nature of the human mind and its relationship to culture;
  • how can we better understand the way that societies function.

You will also explore a range of different philosophical methods such as conceptual analysis, phenomenology, naturalism, and historical and sociological approaches, and learn to apply these methods in your own research.

Programme structure 2018/19

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

Compulsory modules

Core modules followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

CodeModuleCredits
PHLMXXXIntroduction to Philosophical Methods30
SOCM904Dissertation 60

Optional modules

Modules worth 90 credits in total chosen from the following (subject to availability)

CodeModuleCredits
SOCM002APhilosophy of the Social Sciences 115
SOCM016Cultures of the Life Sciences30
PHLMXXXMind, Body and World30
PHLMXXXContemporary Ethics30
SOCM013Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy30
SOCM945Philosophy of Science30

You may also be able to choose optional modules (up to a maximum of 30 credits), from within the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology or related disciplines (History, Biosciences, Geography, Politics or Law), with the agreement of the module convenor.

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.

Learning and teaching

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. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.

Careers

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

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.

 

Entry requirements 2018/19

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) In Philosophy or a related subject from a recognised university.

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 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 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.

Fees and funding 2018/19

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £7,995 full-time; £3,995 part-time
  • International: £16,995 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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 2018.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

College of Social Science and International Studies
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723192
Email: ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk