About the course
This general course explores key ideas in philosophy. You’ll develop your philosophical knowledge and understanding to a higher level. Our MA is designed to prepare students who wish to continue to a PhD as many do. We also welcome anyone who just wants to learn more about philosophy, even if your first degree is in another subject.
Where your masters can take you
A masters from Sheffield will set you apart and is excellent preparation for a PhD at any leading university or for a wide range of careers, including teaching, law, publishing, civil service, charities, and NGOs, among others. Our postgraduate students have gone on to academic posts at Aberdeen, UC Berkeley, Birkbeck, Cambridge, Essex, Keele, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Manitoba, Newcastle, Nottingham, the Open University, Oxford, Sheffield, Stirling and Zurich.
Our style of teaching encourages originality and independence of mind. You will learn how to express complex ideas clearly, and how to argue persuasively for those ideas. You’ll also learn to understand other points of view. Our graduates have the confidence and the focus to tackle big projects, and they know how to carry out their own research.
We also offer more specific training. For example, many of the modules on the MA Political Theory are relevant to careers in politics, public service and NGOs.
A lively study environment
You’ll be part of a large group of students from all over the world. You’ll socialise together, share ideas and inspire each other.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us 2nd in the UK for the quality of our published work. We have expertise in almost every area of the subject, particularly philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophical logic, philosophy of psychology, history of philosophy, political philosophy, metaethics and feminist philosophy. The department is also home to The Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies and a number of major research projects.
If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University’s studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy/prospectivepostgraduates/funding
Other modules include
Research seminars in: Political Philosophy; History of Philosophy; Morals and Other Values; Mind and Language; Metaphysics and Epistemology; Cognitive Studies; and a range of lecture-based modules.
Teaching and assessment
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You’ll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation. If you’re going on to a PhD you may choose to write a PhD proposal.
You’ll need a first-class or a strong 2:1 honours degree. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.