MA Modules for 2018-19

Our MA students come from a range of backgrounds and can take different routes through the MA.  The Director of Graduate Studies will advise you on what is best for you and which modules might be most suitable.  There is also flexibility over the year, allowing you to change your plans as your interests develop.

There is also a highly flexible Independent Research module, which may (but need not) go together with one of the department's many informal reading groups.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PHI6601 Political Philosophy Research Seminar PHI6670 Mind and Language seminar
PHI6603 Moral & Other Values Research Seminar PHI6100 Work Placement
PHI6016 Cognitive Studies Research Seminar PHI6700 PhD Proposal
PHI6680 Metaphysics & Epistemology Research Seminar PHI6026 Guided Reading
PHI6026 Guided Reading PHI6320 Metaphysics
PHI6590 Feminism PHI6660 Philosophy of Psychology
PHI6640 Philosophical Problems 2 - Perception, Experience and Agency PHI6009 Global Justice
PHI6630 Philosophical Problems 1 - Contemporary Debates in Biology: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and Race PHI6366 Plato's Symposium
PHI6820 Advanced Logic PHI6370 Free Will & Religion
PHI6364 Philosophy of Law PHI6375 Philosophy of Medicine
PHI6372 Pleasure, Pain and Emotions PHI6378 Philosophy and Revolution
PHI6374 The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics General PG Research Seminar
PHI6379 The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
Philosophy Training Seminars
General PG Research Seminar

English Language for Non-Native Speakers in Philosophy

The English Language Teaching Centre is offering English Language sessions for Non-Native Speakers in Philosophy. The sessions are in B09 in 45 Victoria Street every Friday (except reading week) from Week 1 at 10am.

Students intending to go on to the PhD (or others who would like to write a PhD proposal), take the PhD proposal module. Usually the PhD proposal is written in the Spring, but it can be done in the Autumn.

Additionally, there are modules sharing lectures with 2nd year undergraduate modules that are particularly suitable for students with less background in Philosophy or those who feel they would benefit from taking a more general module. Students can choose up to two modules from this list as part of their choice of 4 modules overall. There is slight variation in these modules from year to year, but the range remains very similar.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PHI6010 Reference & Truth PHI6030 Formal Logic
PHI6020 Philosophy of Mind PHI6830 Ethics
PHI6110 Theory of Knowledge PHI6841 Political Philosophy
PHI6160 Philosophy of Arts PHI6420 Philosophy of Science
PHI6780 Plato
PHI6*** Religion and the Good Life


Assessment for each taught Philosophy MA module takes the form of one long essay of 4000-6000 words or two essays of 2-3000 words each, on topics related to those covered in the module. Essay topics should be chosen in consultation with the module leader. The essays should be thought of as mini research-papers, whose content can be related more or less loosely to the material covered in the course. Students should meet with the module leader or other appropriate member of staff to discuss the topic and to discuss a draft of the essay.

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