MA Modules for 2017-18

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 is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PHI6601 Political Philosophy Research Seminar PHI6100 Work Placement
PHI6603 Morals & Other Values Research Seminar PHI6700 PhD Proposal
PHI6016 Cognitive Studies Research Seminar PHI6026 Guided Reading
PHI6670 Mind and Language seminar PHI6600 Phenomenology
PHI6680 Metaphysics & Epistemology Research Seminar PHI6660 Philosophy of Psychology
PHI6320 Metaphysics PHI6630 Philosophical Problems 1 - Conceptual Engineering: Sex and Gender
PHI6430 Epistemology PHI6820 Advanced Logic
PHI6590 Feminism PHI6009 Global Justice
PHI6640 Philosophical Problems 2 - I, You, We PHI6364 Philosophy of Law
PHI6710 Aristotle PHI6366 Plato's Symposium
PHI6370 Free Will & Religion PHI6368 Practical Reason
PHI6372 Pleasure, Pain and Emotions PHI6375 Philosophy of Medicine
PHI6373 Political Obligation General PG Research Seminar
PHI6374 The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
PHI6026 Guided Reading
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 in the Autumn semester. The sessions are in B09 in 45 Victoria Street every Friday (except reading week) from Week 2 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, for which there is a preparatory seminar on 3 November 2017. 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 PHI6110 Theory of Knowledge
PHI6020 Philosophy of Mind PHI6780 Plato
PHI6030 Formal Logic PHI6830 Ethics
PHI6160 Philosophy of Arts PHI6223 Topics in Ancient Philosophy
PHI6790 The Rationalists PHI6*** Religion and the Good Life
PHI6841 Political Philosophy


Assessment for all modules takes the form of one long essay of 4000-6000 words. 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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