[[MRes Philosophy]] The MRes Philosophy is an innovative Masters degree aimed specifically at students who wish to proceed to research at PhD level. It provides a foundation for further research in philosophy with opportunities to consider a range of philosophical topics alongside explicit training in philosophical research skills.
[[PROGRAMME OF STUDY]] The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation.
COMPULSORY MODULES [[Research Skills in Philosophy]] is divided into training on generic research skills, e.g. research methodology, project management, dissertation workshop, and subject-specific skills, developed through a philosophy research student seminar. The seminar combines discussions of metaphilosophy, students’ draft research proposals, and sessions on students’ work, with feedback on presentation skills. [[Knowledge and Reality]] examines current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics, in particular such themes as realism, justification, scepticism and freedom.
OPTIONAL MODULES [[Ethics]]* examines contemporary debates in normative and metaethics, including intuitionism, the ‘naturalistic fallacy’, moral reasoning, deontology, utilitarianism. [[Political Philosophy]]* will explore contributions to current debates on selected themes. Introduction to Philosophy offers an initiation into the analytic method of philosophising but refers also to central questions from the history of philosophy. *Students follow either Ethics or Political Philosophy. [[Logic and Language]] explores key views of Frege, Russell and Kripke on meaning and reference and examines truth, theories of meaning, interpretation, and contextualism. [[Mind and Psychology]] enables students to think critically about the nature of the mind, its relation to the body, and the philosophical implications of contemporary theories in cognitive psychology. [[Reason and Religion]] examines historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife.
[[TIME OF CLASSES]] Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student