Our MA in Philosophy is designed for those who wish to broaden their study of philosophy and make a gradual transition to research.
*This programme will be taught at the Canterbury campus*
Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/2/philosophy
As the study of fundamental questions connected to reality, existence, the mind, language and thought, Philosophy at Kent is designed to develop your ideas, independent thought and problem-solving skills. You can engage with a number of themes, from ethics, metaethics, causation, social epistemology and political philosophy. The flexibility of this programme ensures that the student is able to negotiate his or her own path of study through a range of modules which take into account the your own background and reflects the research specialisms from the Department of Philosophy.
This programme is ideal for graduates of philosophy or related disciplines who wish to widen their knowledge of topics, gain more training in philosophical methodology, and/or narrow down their interests of specialisation in preparation for a PhD.
The MA in Philosophy comprises four 30-credit coursework modules (for a total of 120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). There are two ways to receive credit for these modules:
1.MA students are expected to attend, and may choose to be assessed on the basis of essays on topics covered in, our Graduate Seminars. The seminars are divided into two streams: Theoretical Reasoning, and History of Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. Topics covered vary each year in line with current staff research. Recent topics include the epistemology of disagreement, paradoxes, game theory, and Derek Parfit's On What Matters.
2.In addition to attending the graduate seminars, MA students may, in consultation with the MA Programme Director, choose from a number of mixed undergraduate/graduate modules, typically assessed by a 4,000-word essay. The module offering varies from year to year. For a complete list of what is currently offered, please consult the Stage 2/3 module list.
Upon successful completion of the four coursework essays, students proceed to the writing of the dissertation.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
PL805 - Special Topics I (30 Credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/PL805
PL806 - Special Topics II (30 Credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/PL806
PL 855 - Theoretical Philosophy (30 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/PL855
PL856 - Practical Philosophy (30 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/PL856
PL998 - Dissertation: Philosophy (60 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/PL998
Assessment is by coursework essays of 4,000 words and the dissertation of 8-10,000 words.
The programme aims to:
•provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for academic philosophical study at MPhil/PhD level
•attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender, or physical disability from within the UK
•further the University’s International Strategy by attracting students, as above, from abroad as well
•enable you to deepen your knowledge of work in the key areas of theoretical and practical philosophy
•enable you to begin to specialise in your areas of interest
•provide you, consistent with point one above, with a transition from undergraduate study to independent research in philosophy
•provide you with a training that will culminate, if followed through to PhD level, in the ability to submit articles to refereed journals in academic philosophy.
A postgraduate degree in philosophy is a valuable and flexible qualification, which allows you to develop skills in logical thinking, critical evaluation, persuasion, writing and independent thought.
Graduates have gone on to positions in journalism, administration in the civil service, education, advertising and a range of managerial positions. Some go on to pursue research in the area, many continuing with PhDs at Kent or other higher education institutions.
How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
Why study at The University of Kent?
- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/
Postgraduate scholarships and funding
We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/
English language learning
If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html