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MA Applied Philosophy

Course Description

The MA Applied Philosophy is a distance learning programme designed to build a bridge between the world of academic study and the “real” world of practical affairs and day-to-day life, especially for those working in areas which will benefit from the development of a dynamic relationship between theory and practice, such as criminal justice, education welfare, health services, housing welfare, social work and youth services.

The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high-quality educational experience.

Course Overview

Applied philosophical studies involves questioning much that is taken for granted by common sense or popular belief, in morals, politics, religion, art, history and science. Consequently, its method is necessarily both imaginative and analytic, the aim being to elucidate concepts and understand varieties of explanation and description in various fields, rather than to rival their proper practitioners in the discovery of facts, the construction of theories or the implementation of ideals. These debates include the values of freedom and equality, human rights and social justice, and environmental ethics, asking important questions such as whether punishment can be justified or whether animals have rights?

Candidates taking this programme will thus be encouraged to view theoretical analysis as an integral part of their daily praxis. This will give them the opportunity to reflect on and critically engage with the ideas and ideals which lie behind and underpin their work.

Candidates will consider the significance of issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethical theory and political philosophy to questions of practical concern such as abortion, euthanasia, suicide, freedom of speech, sexual and racial discrimination, debates surrounding reproductive technologies, genetic enhancement, criminal punishment, the environment, world hunger, and the welfare of future people. Thus they will be able to choose from a range of modules covering a variety of different themes and specialist areas. The modules are built around the research specialisms of our academic staff all of whom are research active and regularly publish their thoughts and ideas.

The MA Applied Philosophy is a modular programme. In part I, students take six 20-credit modules. In part II, students are required to write a dissertation.

For full details of the modules available for 15/16 please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ma-applied-philosophy/module-availability-2015-16/

Distance Learning

All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort comprises distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic.

It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the University offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1,000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources.

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good 2.1 honours, or equivalent. However, as part of an inclusive approach to learning, we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA Applied Philosophy page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree or relevant experience. Each candidate will be assessed on their own merit.

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