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Postgraduate taught

MA Philosophy

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
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 approach to some of the biggest questions facing mankind
  • You’ll join an active research community and engage with the latest, cutting-edge research
  • You will explore the philosophical, social and ethical dilemmas posed by science and technology; the nature of the human mind and its relationship to culture
  • 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

We’ll actively encourage you to consider and debate some of the biggest questions facing mankind by engaging with the latest, cutting edge research in fields such as science and technology and culture and society.

Our core module Introduction to Philosophical Methods, will introduce you to the different methods pursued in philosophical research as well as the distinctive character of research at Exeter. You’ll engage with methods such as conceptual analysis, naturalism, phenomenology, genealogy, experimental philosophy, historical, sociological and ethnographic approaches.

Due to our interdisciplinary approach you will have the benefit of a wide choice of optional modules from across sociology and anthropology as well as philosophy. You can choose to study topics such as representations of animality; food, body and society; social theory, gender at work and educational analysis and policy analysis.

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.

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

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,650 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 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. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you 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.