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Masters Degrees in Philosophy explore the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge, ideas and values - including asking what things like 'knowledge', 'ideas' and 'values' actually are.
These intellectually demanding programmes will train you to reflect on your own thinking and that of other people around you, understanding the 'conceptual architecture' within which ideas operate and the logical conditions according to which they can be held to be valid or invalid.
Courses may be taught or research-focussed. Most will require an appropriate undergraduate degree, but this won't necessarily need to be in Philosophy. Other subject areas with a focus on critical thinking and analysis may also be relevant.
Philosophy may seem like the most abstract postgraduate specialism imaginable and, in a fundamental sense, it is. However, this is a strength, not a weakness.
A Masters Degree in Philosophy will make you a formidable critical thinker, capable of working through the complex ramifications of different ideas and understanding the principles informing different positions. Such skills will be valuable in a wide range of careers.
Philosophy also underpins some professional fields and occupations quite directly. The practice of politics and law, for example, are each grounded in their own philosophical positions (and in the competition between them). Even scientific work is far more closely related to Philosophy than many realise - relying on rigorous definitions of observable knowledge and jointly tackling questions such as the nature of mind and consciousness.
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On this MA, you’ll gain an advanced general grounding in philosophy, forming a good basis for further research. This course includes innovative modules in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, reflecting the wide range of interests within the Department of Philosophy. Read more
Building on the longstanding tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at Sussex, the Literature and Philosophy MA exemplifies the fruitful co-operation between Philosophy and English. Read more
The two-year full-time study programme (120 ECTS) focuses on European philosophy from Descartes to the present day and is especially designed for international students who aim for a first class education in modern and contemporary European philosophy. Read more
Are you looking for a highly challenging two-year Research Master's programme in Philosophy? Come to Radboud University! Philosophy has a unique role within contemporary society. Read more
This course seeks to overcome the idea that philosophy is split between two cultures (one belonging to the world of science, the other, the world of the arts and humanities) by exploring both of these strands. Read more
About this course The School of Philosophy at Beijing Normal University offers a two-year Master degree in Chinese Philosophy. While students who are familiar with Chinese are especially encouraged to participate, the program is entirely run in English, and there are no Chinese language pre-requirements. Read more
The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking. Read more