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    Full time & Part time available

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    Full Time: 12 months | Part Time: 24 months

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    25 March 2019

The MRes Philosophy is an intensive but flexible research-based philosophy programme for graduates looking to further their studies.

Broaden your philosophical knowledge in an intensive but flexible research-based programme for graduates looking to further their studies.

Learn through a combination of classes, seminars, reading groups, lectures and guest speaker events; and focus your research into your chosen area of study. Our MRes programme is ideal preparation if you are considering undertaking future doctoral research.

The flexibility of our MRes programme enables you to pursue your interests. Structured into weekly MRes seminars where all students present their ongoing work to peers and academics, the course offers regular, individual supervision with expert members of staff in your chosen field.

This course will provide you with valuable skills and the knowledge to succeed, whether you're looking to further your studies or pave the way for a change of career. You will gain a firm philosophical grounding and mastery of specialised areas of study, as well as the ability to critically engage with, and reflect upon, current philosophical debates.

We run a number of events throughout the year dedicated to stimulating and fostering research. These include a full visiting speaker programme, a work-in-progress programme, a graduate seminar, a regular staff-student reading group, and the highly regarded annual Ratio Conference. Our dynamic student and staff community is a vital part of our department, and you will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated teaching staff and friendly support staff.

What will you study?

Sample Modules:

Students on this programme write three essays and a dissertation on topics of their choice. Possible topic areas include:

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Wittgenstein
  • Philosophy of language
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Moral philosophy
  • Aesthetics

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates have gone on to careers in politics, the media, the civil service, advertising, journalism, law, the police, retail, management, and a wide variety of other professions.

Our MRes students also finish the programme well prepared for PhD research. Previous master’s students have gone on to do PhDs at Reading, and at other excellent institutions in the UK and elsewhere.

Visit the Philosophy MRes page on the University of Reading website for more details!