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MA in Philosophy


Course Description

The MA in Philosophy provides a combination of taught core and option modules which aim to make you familiar with what is at the centre of contemporary debates. Additionally, in the first term, you will attend dissertation preparation seminars to enable you to write your dissertation proposal. Further support is given during the second and third terms and you will write your dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. During your third term you and your peers will hold an in-house conference. This MA will give you up-to-date knowledge of contemporary philosophy across a broad range of subjects and provides essential training for students considering going on to do a PhD.

Core Modules

The MA Seminar is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the core areas of Philosophy.
Topics in Theoretical Philosophy - especially issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, and Philosophy of Mind.
Topics in Practical Philosophy - looking at topics central to current debates in normative and political theory.
Postgraduate Research Skills - tutorials and attendance at research seminars/colloquia to gain a grounding in the skills necessary to contribute to contemporary philosophical debates.

Option Modules for 2016/17

These should include: Metaphysics of Mind; German Idealism: Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Christianity; Contemporary Issues in Bioethics; Pragmatism; Philosophy of Film; Philosophy of Emotions

Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar

The Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar is taught over two terms and is designed to provide students with a grounding in the skills necessary to contribute to contemporary philosophical debates. They attend at least one research seminar or colloquium every two weeks and maintain a reflective journal of their research experiences throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. Tutorials are held every two weeks during which students discuss their responses to research events as recorded in their journals and provide mentoring and peer support.

Dissertation Preparation

This module will start immediately and continue over the three terms. It is designed to facilitate applicants for AHRC PhD funding who need to have a thesis proposal worked up by the end of the calendar year. This will be particularly beneficial to those who will be pursuing a PhD in Philosophy.

Dissemination Practice

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practise disseminating their work, which is a distinctive and challenging feature of Philosophy as a discipline.
Students will organise and present a paper at a one-day ‘conference’, which will be attended by at least two members of staff.

The Dissertation

As an application of the core knowledge, skills and experience gained in the previous stages of the course, the Dissertation enables students to produce a sustained piece of critical writing on a topic of their choosing. A member of staff with expertise in the relevant area will provide supervision.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is taught by seminars and individual or small group tutorials, permitting students and staff to systematically explore complex issues at the forefront of Philosophy.

Visit the MA in Philosophy page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second class honours or equivalent in an undergraduate degree with a significant philosophy component is required for admission to the MA in Philosophy.

Course Fees

2016/17 Home/EU full-time : £6,650; Overseas full-time: £15,680


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