Department of Philosophy,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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.
Research seminars including:
- Political Philosophy
- History of Philosophy
- Morals and Other Values
- Mind and Language
- Metaphysics and Epistemology
- Cognitive Studies
There are also a range of lecture-based modules, including Feminism, Philosophy of Psychology, Plato's Symposium, Global Justice and Free Will and Religion.
Lecture-based modules might vary between academic years and are subject to change.
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.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
You'll need a first-class or a 2.1 honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent grade from overseas.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
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.
Dr Paul Faulkner
Research focus: Testimony and trust
Joined the department: 2001
Recent publications: What is Wrong With Lying?, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2007, 75(3); The Moral Obligations of Trust, Philosophical Explorations online, first 2014; A Virtue Theory of Testimony, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2014, 114(2) Knowledge on Trust (OUP, 2011); (co-ed), The Philosophy of Trust (OUP, 2017).
In what ways does believing what someone says introduce problems of trust? Is there anything wrong with lying? Do knowledge and belief differ in the way they get transmitted across persons? In what ways do we need to invoke communities in order to explain the ways in which knowledge is social?
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 0587
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.