2020 start


Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Study the areas of philosophy that matter to you with this highly flexible course. You'll develop a deeper understanding of philosophy, with the freedom to explore the areas that most interest and inspire you.

We offer an extensive range of optional modules, allowing you to focus your studies towards a particular specialism or to explore the breadth of this hugely varied subject.
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Course description

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. 

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Core modules


Optional modules

Research seminars including:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral 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.


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
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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

Entry requirements

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 score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University’s scholarships and fee waivers. 

Department's postgraduate funding opportunities page

Dr Paul Faulkner, Philosophy

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.

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