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Philosophy (MRes)

Course Description

For those wishing to build on their undergraduate Philosophy degree, the MRes Philosophy offers an intensive but flexible course of study.

The course allows you to focus on several areas of research under the supervision of philosophers with expertise in the field. With guidance, you choose the topics you wish to research. Teaching is by means of individual supervision and this is supplemented by classes and seminars enabling you to broaden your philosophical knowledge. The MRes also aims to prepare you for higher research where appropriate.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/philosophy-pg/mres-philosophy.aspx

Modules include:

• Philosophy of Mind
• Metaphysics
• Philosophy of Science
• Wittgenstein
• Philosophy of Language
• Epistemology
• Philosophy of Religion
• Moral Philosophy.

What career can you have?

Master's students gain transferable skills which are valued highly by employers in a range of non-academic fields – for instance, the ability to carry out independent research, and to present clear written and oral arguments.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in politics, the media, the civil service, advertising, journalism, law, the police, retail, management, and a wide variety of other professions.

Our MRes students also finish the course well prepared for PhD research. Recent master's students have gone on to do PhDs at Reading, and at other excellent institutions in the UK, USA and elsewhere.

In the last five years, people with Reading PhDs in Philosophy have taken up full-time academic posts at Birmingham, Southampton, Kent, Oxford, York, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birkbeck, Reading and Glasgow universities, as well as positions overseas (USA and elsewhere).


The Department of Philosophy was ranked third in the UK according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008); it is a lively and productive centre of research with an international reputation for excellence.

We offer a stimulating research environment for our graduate students, with distinguished visiting speakers coming to the University of Reading each term.

We also regularly host major conferences, including an annual conference sponsored by our home journal Ratio. Being within easy reach of Oxford and London, you can also take advantage of the wealth of Philosophy events at these two leading centres of philosophical research.

The Department is dynamic, forging links with other departments and universities and devising new ways of improving the education and experience of its students. There is a range of great opportunities for collaboration with staff and other students at regular seminars, reading groups and events organised by the student-run Philosophy Society. We are also well known for our friendly, collaborative atmosphere, in which students and staff get to know one another on an individual basis.

Visit the Philosophy (MRes) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good degree in Philosophy (2:1 or above) or another relevant subject is a prerequisite for admission. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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