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Philosophy (MPhil)


Course Description

We offer research-based teaching in a wide range of philosophical subjects. We foster our students' professional development. A proportion of our recent PhD graduates have permanent academic posts in leading universities.

The MPhil/PhD is the direct route to the PhD and is suitable for students who are ready to start writing a PhD thesis.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
Birkbeck's Department of Philosophy enjoys an international reputation for research. The department has a flourishing community of research students, and is committed to providing them with a first-rate philosophical training.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked 15th in the UK, with a research environment judged conducive to producing internationally excellent research.
In the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-2015, Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked among the strongest in the UK, and was highly ranked in philosophy of action, philosophy of art, seventeenth-century philosophy and feminist philosophy.
The research interests of the department encompass a range of areas within the discipline: ancient philosophy, history of early modern philosophy, Kant, Nietzsche, history of analytic philosophy, logic, language, metaphysics, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, philosophy of psychology, ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, social and feminist philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of science.
The department has been highly ranked for the standard of its research across a broad range, and especially our research and teaching in the area of feminist philosophy.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked 15th in the UK, with a research environment judged conducive to producing internationally excellent research.

In the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-2015, Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked among the strongest in the UK, and was highly ranked in philosophy of action, philosophy of art, seventeenth-century philosophy and feminist philosophy.

Visit the Philosophy (MPhil) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Adam Patterson

4097.jpg 'Whilst doing my undergraduate degree in journalism in New York, I realised that I wanted to do a PhD in Philosophy. I wanted to understand the world better, and I thought philosophy could help me to do that. Upon doing some further research I was advised that I needed to a Master’s degree in philosophy in order to have a chance of being accepted onto a doctoral programme and that Birkbeck was one of the best places to go.

'The lecturers were great - they always made themselves available to us after lectures to answer questions and discuss issues with us. They never made us feel as though we were inconveniencing them. My dissertation looks at ethics and moral relativisms, and I’m lucky enough to have the head of department as my supervisor, which is incredibly challenging as well as lucky. I would like to go on to do a PhD in Philosophy so my dissertation is very important. It’s fun working with the lecturers as they’re very open to being challenged.

'Living and studying in London has provided me with a network of really diverse, intellectually challenging fellow postgraduates. It’s an environment I have never experienced before and I love it.

'I work with kids a lot and I’m really excited about being able to teach them something about philosophy and ethics. I very much see my future career as teaching at the collegiate level, so I’m in the best possible position to gain the tools I need for that future. I hope one day to be in a doctoral programme and in a position to email my Birkbeck lecturers to tell them I’m presenting at a conference they will be attending.'


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/prospective/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/pss



Entry Requirements

An appropriate Master's-level qualification. Candidates who do not have the MPhilStud in Philosophical Studies are admitted initially for the degree of MPhil, and are upgraded to the PhD after a year if their research develops satisfactorily. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa


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