MA Philosophy The MA Philosophy is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to explore philosophical issues either as a development of undergraduate study or following a first degree in suitable subject other than Philosophy. This carefully focused programme both deepens students’ earlier philosophical work and functions as a demanding but effective introduction to this fascinating subject.
PROGRAMME OF STUDY The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation: COMPULSORY MODULES Knowledge and Reality examines current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics, in particular such themes as realism, justification, scepticism and freedom. Ethics* examines contemporary debates in normative and metaethics, including intuitionism, the ‘naturalistic fallacy’, moral reasoning, deontology, utilitarianism. Political Philosophy* will explore contributions to current debates on selected themes. Introduction to Philosophy offers an initiation into the analytic method of philosophising but refers also to central questions from the history of philosophy. (Compulsory module for those without a first degree in Philosophy) *Students follow either Ethics or Political Philosophy.
OPTIONAL MODULES Logic and Language explores key views of Frege, Russell and Kripke on meaning and reference and examines truth, theories of meaning, interpretation, and contextualism. Mind and Psychology enables students to think critically about the nature of the mind, its relation to the body, and the philosophical implications of contemporary theories in cognitive psychology. Reason and Religion examines historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife. Introduction to Philosophy offers an initiation into the analytic method of philosophising but refers also to central questions from the history of philosophy. (Compulsory module for those without a first degree in Philosophy)
TIME OF CLASSES Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student
INTERIM AWARDS If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).
BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.
An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in philosophy or another appropriate subject
£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)
Recipient: Heythrop College
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