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.

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, MA Philosophy

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy

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)

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

Apply now

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

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 who wish to continue to a PhD as many do.

We also welcome anyone who just wants to learn more about philosophy, even if your first degree is in another subject.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy

Core modules

  • Dissertation

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 and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. 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.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

You’ll need a first-class or 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

Apply now

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

Apply now

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

Apply now

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

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.