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Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science MA

Course Description

On this programme you will explore issues in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, such as the nature of intentionality, physicalism, philosophical issues concerning rationality and interpretation, and consciousness. You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, who pursue original research on a wide range of topics giving you expert supervision for your dissertation.

Course content

You will study six modules in total, three of which are core Philosophy modules:

- Research Skills and Methods
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science or Philosophy of Health and Happiness

Your remaining three modules are optional, and can be chosen from within the School of Psychology or the School of Computer Science.

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills, including good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Historically, over 96% of our Philosophy students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science MA page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg. Philosophy, Medicine, Psychology, English, etc)

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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