Students studying the MA in Philosophy choose from a range of specialised subject modules taught by research active academics, creating a particular pathway through the MA. The modules offered highlight the areas of particular strength at Nottingham — metaphysics, mind and knowledge, philosophy of language, ethics, aesthetics.
The MA is supplemented by a core 'Research Methods' module, designed to help students make the transition to postgraduate studies. Each student finishes their MA with a dissertation on a topic of their own choosing.
The course affords students who have studied philosophy at undergraduate level an opportunity to pursue the subject in greater depth. It prepares students who seek entry to a PhD programme, and accords therefore with the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s practice of offering funding packages for 1 (Masters) +3 (PhD) years. It is also suitable for students who do not intend to study for the PhD, but who wish merely to deepen their knowledge of philosophy and acquire some research skills.
Our Department of Philosophy provides excellent support for its research students, many of whom gain valuable teaching experience and publish their research whilst studying with us. Research students are first given the opportunity to lead undergraduate seminars and some, towards the end of their PhD research, have given lecture courses on their area of study.
I have found my experience as a philosophy postgraduate student at Nottingham to be very positive. The Nottingham philosophy department has an excellent reputation for research.
Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and supportive, and take an interest in students' work. There are good research facilities for students, with access to library facilities, research training through the graduate school, and a dedicated postgraduate research room. The latter not only provides working space with desks and computers, but also a place for postgraduates to interact and discuss ideas.
As an international student, I feel that the department welcomed me when I arrived, allaying any fears I had about travelling halfway around the world to study in Nottingham. There are many opportunities for students and staff to interact, including weekly postgraduate and staff seminars and a number of reading and discussion groups; postgraduates are actively encouraged to take part in these. Many PhD students are given the opportunity to lead undergraduate seminars. Not only have I found this to be rewarding in its own right, but it is also a useful source of teaching experience which will help my long-term career prospects. Overall, I would happily recommend Nottingham to anyone contemplating postgraduate study in philosophy.
Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in philosophy or a closely related subject. IELTS:7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
10 November 2016
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Recipient: University of Nottingham
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