PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Philosophy

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This diploma is for graduates in any subject who would like to obtain a qualification in philosophy or to acquire an informed understanding of the subject. The diploma aims to bring students to a postgraduate level in Philosophy in one year.

The Department of Philosophy is among the best in the UK, with a reputation for high-quality research in all aspects of the subject. You will be taught and supervised by members of a friendly and informal department with one-to-one tutorials, seminars and lectures. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to structure your course of study and choose the topics you wish to research.

You will join our flourishing research culture, getting involved in the three weekly research seminars on a wide range of philosophical issues. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you may present your own work before your peers, helping you to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.

Conversion to an MA within the period of registration for the diploma can be considered if you consistently achieve high marks in the programme.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£5,200
Overseas
£12,160

Part time fees

UK/EU
£2,600

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  •  Epistemology and Metaphysics Seminar

A two-hour, weekly seminar studying core topics in epistemology and metaphysics. This unit is examined on the basis of an essay of 5,000-6,000 words. As with all assessed essays, you can meet with a supervisor to discuss your work and to receive feedback on a draft essay.

  •  Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar

A two-hour, weekly seminar developing bibliographical, writing and ideas-managing skills necessary for philosophical research. The unit is assessed by seminar contributions and presentations.

  •  Value Theory Seminar

A two-hour, weekly seminar studying core topics in moral and/or political philosophy. This unit is examined by an essay of 5,000-6,000 words.

Optional units

 

Please note, optional units can vary each year.

You will take three optional units. For each unit you may choose either:

i) a taught seminar unit from a list of those available. The list changes from year to year but typically includes: Philosophy and History of Medicine, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Biology Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Mathematics and History of Science.

or

ii) a unit taught by individual tutorials on an agreed topic of your choosing.

Each optional unit is assessed by an essay of 5,000-6,000 words.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Careers

The overwhelming majority of the students who undertake this qualification go on to study the subject at MA level.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2016

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 51% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 17% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email: artf-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts http://www.bristol.ac.uk/philosophy/

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