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The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules.
It is aimed at those with an academic background in Philosophy who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to enhance their research by undertaking module-based study.
The MRes is a self-standing research programme; however many students treat it as preparatory for a PhD.
You will study one compulsory module and two optional modules. This is followed by the completion of a 20,000 word thesis.
You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available.
Topics include: ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of mind and cognitive science; philosophy of psychiatry; philosophy of language and logic; philosophy of religion; and the philosophy of health and happiness.
You will also be assigned a team of supervisors, to support you in your studies, and you will be strongly encouraged to participate in the weekly postgraduate seminar and the regular meetings of PhilSoc and the staff seminar.
You will also become part of, and contribute to, the lively international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University.
The University's Careers Network provides advice and information specifically for postgraduates that will help you to develop an effective career and skills development strategy, and to make the most of your time with us at the University. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team to deliver tailored programmes of careers events and local support.
You will have opportunities to: meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs; attend employer presentations and skills workshops; receive individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
You will also be able to access our full range of careers support for up to two years after graduation.
Postgraduate employability: Philosophy
Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments.
Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from teaching and lecturing to publishing. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: BBC; Friends of the Earth; Birmingham Children?s Hospital; Highways England; and University of Birmingham.
Visit the Philosophy - MRes page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!
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