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Philosophy of Health and Happiness MA/MA by DL

Course Description

This distance learning programme focuses on the growing field of happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness? What is health? How does illness affect our understating of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are and how meaningful our lives are?

You will explore these questions at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, psychology and medicine. Our answers to them have important implications for policy and health care. This programme is aimed at graduates who have a background in philosophy, psychology, theology, health sciences, medicine or social sciences.

Course content

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

- Research Skills and Methods
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life

Your remaining three modules are optional. The following philosophy modules are available as distance learning modules:

- Global Ethics I
- Global Bioethics
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science

You can also choose to do one module outside your main discipline as one of your optional modules. The following modules are available by distance learning:

- Heritage and Memory
- Valuing and Representing Cultural Heritage

Please note: You do have the option to take your optional module on campus, which will give you access to further modules in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion.

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.

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 Health and Happiness MA/MA by DL page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT, £7425 PT (DL only) (overseas)

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