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MA Philosophy - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Philosophy
Contact

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

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers

Overview

  • You’ll consider and debate some of the biggest questions facing mankind by engaging with the latest cutting-edge research in the field
  • Learn from a diverse and dynamic team of academics with expertise from across the fields of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy and benefit from our lively and collaborative research culture
  • Teaching is done in small seminar groups creating a safe environment in which to discuss and debate readings, research and opinions with academics and peers
  • Create a bespoke programme according to your interests with a range of optional modules from across sociology and anthropology as well as philosophy
  • Gain key transferable skills in research, communication, self-management and group working which will be valued by employers within a range of professions as well as providing essential training for PhD study

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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 philosophy (or a degree with a substantial philosophy component). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criterion, if your first degree is in a different discipline, you have a high 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.

All applicants should provide a personal statement explaining their interest in the programme and how it fits with their earlier studies.

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 philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and contemporary ethics.

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

You will be challenged to reflect critically on the different methods of philosophical research and taught how to use appropriate methods and materials to conduct your own research when completing your dissertation.

You will be taught by staff who are research active in the field and who bring this research directly into their teaching. Our small group seminars enable you to interact closely with academics and also peers, providing a safe and stimulating environment in which to develop and debate your own ideas and opinions, discuss readings and learn from others.

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. In addition to philosophical issues and debates, you can also choose to study areas such as social theory; science and technology studies; the relationship between humans and animals; food, body and society; gender at work; data science and policy analysis.

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits comprised of a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

 

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; £4,600 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time

 

Scholarships

We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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.