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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

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    22 October 2018

Course content

Our Philosophy MSc offers you the opportunity to work closely with our staff in courses based upon their own expertise and current research. It will introduce you to the cutting edge of recent developments in analytic philosophy, from the practical and applied, to the most theoretical end of the subject.

Why this programme

  • You will receive an extraordinary amount of staff time and attention on our Philosophy MSc programme. Our courses reflect developments at the forefront of the discipline, drawing upon our staff’s extensive and internationally recognised expertise in philosophy of perception, epistemology, philosophy of emotion, moral philosophy and more. Please see Staff research expertise for more information.
  • Our courses are closely connected with research activity of both individual members of staff and the collaborative undertakings of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience and the Forum for Quine and the History of Analytic Philosophy.
  • MSc students are encouraged to attend and participate in research seminars, workshops, conferences and reading groups hosted by these bodies. They will also present their work at the weekly postgraduate seminar where they will receive feedback from postgraduate students and staff. We host an annual reading party in the Highlands at which students also present papers and are coached on their writing and presentation skills.
  • Philosophy at Glasgow University has an illustrious history of original thinkers going against the grain of orthodoxy. Its past professors include such giants of empiricism as Adam Smith and Thomas Reid.

Programme structure

The programme consists of a choice of four semester-length courses across a range of philosophical topics, all driven by the cutting-edge research of our professors and lecturers. There is also a 10,000–15,000-word dissertation to be completed on a topic of your choice, supported by an expert supervisor over the summer, as well as a year-long core course offering training in philosophical research methods.

Optional courses

In Semester 1, you can choose two optional courses from:

• Moral Philosophy

• Philosophy of Mind A

• Epistemology

• Philosophy of Language

In Semester 2, you can choose two optional courses from:

• Political Philosophy

• Philosophy of Mind B (Perception)

• Metaphysics

• Philosophical Methodology

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Philosophy students at Glasgow receive rigorous and personalised training in problem solving skills, writing skills, presentation and research skills.

All these skills are widely applicable and recognised to be exceptionally valuable in a wide range of careers, including journalism, teaching, the Civil Service, local government, business, publishing, law, and the arts.

This degree also provides an exceptional foundation for philosophical research at the doctoral level.


Visit the Philosophy (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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