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Philosophy - MA

Course Description

Do you want research-led teaching by experts in a wide range of areas of analytical philosophy?

-Would you like dedicated support in dissertation planning, research and presentation skills, including help preparing for PhD research?
-Are you interested in small seminar-style classes with an emphasis on staff/student interaction?

Philosophy at Manchester offers an intellectually stimulating and supportive postgraduate environment. You'll be taught and supervised by members of staff who are all actively involved in research.

The MA Philosophy course combines the in-depth study of specialised areas of analytical philosophy, extensive research training to provide the skills necessary to complete a Master's dissertation, and a dissertation supervised by a member of staff with expertise in the area you wish to study in more depth.

The course is ideal both for those wishing to go on to do a PhD in Philosophy, and for those students who want instead to improve their employability through the development of rigorous critical, analytical and research skills. It provides a deeper knowledge of a wide variety of areas of philosophy than is possible at undergraduate level, and equips students with the ability to plan, organise and work autonomously on a substantial individual project. This project will take the form either of a dissertation of 9000- 12000 words, or of a longer dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

We provide a dedicated postgraduate study space and outstanding library resources. We run a weekly research seminar, with papers presented by visiting speakers, staff and PhD students. This fosters a collegial and friendly study environment among students and staff.
Papers, monographs and edited collections by our academic staff are regularly published in international journals and by prominent academic publishers. We also host a wide variety of conferences at which you can hear cutting-edge philosophical arguments from leaders in the field, ranging from small workshops to large international conferences.

Career opportunities

Many of our MA Philosophy graduates go on to pursue a PhD in Philosophy. Others embark on careers such as the Civil Service, journalism, teaching, law, and a wide range of related positions in both the public and private sectors.

Visit the Philosophy - MA page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Philosophy or a degree with a Philosophy component (eg, PPE, Philosophy and Politics).

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