MA Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Renowned academics and an exceptional range of options make Sheffield one of the best places in the world for this subject.

Our style of teaching encourages originality and independence of mind. You will learn how to express complex ideas clearly, how to argue persuasively for those ideas and you will also learn to understand other points of view.

Our international teaching team includes Jennifer Saul, Eric Olson and Angie Hobbs, the UK's first Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy.

You'll be part of a large group of students from all over the world. You'll socialise together, share ideas and inspire each other.

About the course

This general course explores key ideas in philosophy. You'll develop your philosophical knowledge and understanding to a higher level.

Our MA is designed to prepare students for a PhD. We also welcome anyone who just wants to learn more about philosophy, even if your first degree is in another subject.

You'll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation. If you're going on to a PhD, you may choose to write a PhD proposal.

Core module

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Other modules include research seminars in:

  • Political Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Morals and Other Values
  • Mind and Language
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Cognitive Studies

And a range of lecture-based modules.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminar
  • Tutorials

Assessment

  • A long essay for each module
  • Dissertation
  • PhD proposal (for students intending to continue to a PhD)

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Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy


Philosophy is challenging, it forces you to question your deep-seated beliefs and values. The great thing about philosophy is that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in Department of Philosophy

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a first-class or a strong 2:1 honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University's studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.

Department's Postgraduate funding opportunities page

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

A lively study environment

You'll be part of a large group of students from all over the world. You'll socialise together, share ideas and inspire each other.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us 2nd in the UK for the quality of our published work.

We have expertise in almost every area of the subject, particularly philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophical logic, philosophy of psychology, history of philosophy, political philosophy, metaethics and feminist philosophy.

The department is also home to The Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies and a number of major research projects.

Your career

A masters from Sheffield will set you apart and is excellent preparation for a PhD at any leading university, or for a wide range of careers, including teaching, law, publishing, civil service, charities, and NGOs, among others.

Our postgraduate students have gone on to academic posts at Aberdeen, UC Berkeley, Birkbeck, Cambridge, Essex, Keele, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Manitoba, Newcastle, Nottingham, the Open University, Oxford, Sheffield, Stirling and Zurich.

Our graduates have the confidence and the focus to tackle big projects. And they know how to carry out their own research.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Joanne Renshaw
E: j.renshaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0587