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Course content

This diploma is for graduates in any subject who would like to obtain a qualification in philosophy or to acquire an informed understanding of the subject. The diploma aims to bring students to a postgraduate level in philosophy in one year.

The Department of Philosophy has a reputation for high-quality research in all aspects of the subject. You will be taught and supervised by members of a friendly and informal department with one-to-one tutorials, seminars and lectures. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to structure your course of study and choose the topics you wish to research.

You will join our flourishing research culture, getting involved in the three weekly research seminars on a wide range of philosophical issues. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you may present your own work before your peers, helping you to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.

Conversion to an MA within the period of registration for the diploma may be considered if you consistently achieve high marks in the programme.

Programme structure

Core units
-Epistemology and Metaphysics Seminar
-Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar
-Value Theory Seminar

Optional units
You will take three optional units. For each unit you may choose either:
-A taught seminar unit from a list of those available. The list changes from year to year but typically includes: Philosophy and History of Medicine; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Psychology; Philosophy of Biology; Philosophy of Physics; Philosophy of Mathematics; History of Science.
OR
-A unit taught by individual tutorials on an agreed topic of your choosing.

Careers

The overwhelming majority of the students who undertake this qualification go on to study the subject at Master's level.

Visit the Philosophy PGDip page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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