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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Philosophy

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    For up-to-date information about course fees please visit: website

  • Last Updated

    08 November 2017

Course content

The MA in Philosophy provides a combination of taught core and option modules which aim to make you familiar with what is at the centre of contemporary debates. Additionally, in the first term, you will attend dissertation preparation seminars to enable you to write your dissertation proposal. Further support is given during the second and third terms and you will write your dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. During your third term you and your peers will hold an in-house conference.

This MA will give you up-to-date knowledge of contemporary philosophy across a broad range of subjects and provides essential training for students considering going on to do a PhD.

The MA Seminar

The MA Seminar is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the core areas of Philosophy. The Seminar consists of four modules:

-Topics in Theoretical Philosophy

-Topics in Practical Philosophy

Plus two Option Modules - The option modules likely to be offered in 2018/19 include:

-Contemporary Issues in Bioethics

-Consciousness

-Contemporary Ethical Theory

-German Idealism: Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy

-MA Project Essay*

-Metaphysics of Mind

-Philosophy and Cognitive Diversity

-Philosophy of Film

-Philosophy of Psychology

-Philosophy of Art from Hume to Tolstoy

-Wittgenstein and Philosophy

Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar

The Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar is taught over two terms and is designed to provide students with a grounding in the skills necessary to contribute to contemporary philosophical debates. They attend at least one research seminar or colloquium every two weeks and maintain a reflective journal of their research experiences throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. Tutorials are held every two weeks during which students discuss their responses to research events as recorded in their journals and provide mentoring and peer support.

Dissertation Preparation

This module will start immediately and continue over the three terms. It is designed to facilitate applicants for AHRC PhD funding who need to have a thesis proposal worked up by the end of the calendar year. This will be particularly beneficial to those who will be pursuing a PhD in Philosophy.

*The Project Essay

This module is designed to enable students with specialised interests to pursue independently a topic of their own choosing. Students taking this module propose an independent study topic. The proposal will then be considered by the Board of Studies and, if accepted, the student will be assigned a suitable member of staff who will supervise the project. The Project Essay is compulsory for part-time students but can also be taken by full-time students as one of their two option modules.

Dissemination Practice

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practise disseminating their work, which is a distinctive and challenging feature of Philosophy as a discipline.

Students will organise and present a paper at a one-day ‘conference’, which will be attended by at least two members of staff.

The Dissertation

As an application of the core knowledge, skills and experience gained in the previous stages of the course, the Dissertation enables students to produce a sustained piece of critical writing on a topic of their choosing. A member of staff with expertise in the relevant area will provide supervision.


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

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