MA Modules for 2019-20

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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 PHI6710 Aristotle
PHI6603 Moral & Other Values Research Seminar PHI6590 Feminism
PHI6016 Cognitive Studies Research Seminar PHI609 For the Love of Knowledge: Topics in Social Epistemology
PHI6680 Metaphysics & Epistemology Research Seminar PHI6370 Free Will & Religion
PHI6670 Mind and Language Research Seminar PHI6009 Global Justice
PHI6026 Guided Reading PHI6026 Guided Reading
PHI6225 Metaphysics PHI615 Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit
PHI6600 Phenomenology PHI6700 PhD Proposal
PHI6660 Philosophy of Psychology PHI6640 Philosophical Problems 2 - Language and Us
PHI6630 Philosophical Problems 1 - Mental Time Travel PHI613 Moral Theory and Moral Psychology
PHI6364 Philosophy of Law PHI6100 Work Placement
PHI6379 The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
PHI6374 The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
PHI614 The Rationalists
PHI616 Sources of Normativity

The highly flexible Independent Research module, Guided Reading, may (but need not) go together with one of the department's many informal reading groups. Students can also attend the weekly Postgraduate Seminar and Philosophy Training Seminars.

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
PHI6020 Philosophy of Mind PHI6420 Philosophy of Science
PHI6110 Theory of Knowledge PHI6160 Philosophy of the Arts
PHI6780 Plato PHI6030 Formal Logic
PHI6830 Ethics


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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