MA Philosophy

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
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

The Bristol MA in Philosophy will give you a thorough grounding in the core knowledge and skills required for philosophical research, while allowing you to pursue your own philosophical interests in depth.

You will be taught and supervised by members of a friendly and informal department with an outstanding reputation in the UK and internationally. The MA is designed for you to gain full advantage from the research expertise of individual members of staff. For more than half of the course, you will benefit from one-to-one tutorials with a member of the department. You will be guided throughout by a personal tutor who will help you structure your course of study and choose the topics you wish to research.

You will be an active member of our flourishing research culture and will be encouraged to participate 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.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£6,500
Overseas
£15,200

Part time fees

UK/EU
£3,250

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 but may include:

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.

Dissertation

Satisfactory completion of semesters 1 and 2 will allow you to progress to writing a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. You will have supervisory meetings with a member of staff who will also provide feedback on a draft of your work.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Philosophy or in a combination of subjects that include Philosophy. 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

Students who have completed the MA programme in Philosophy have gone on to careers as counsellors, journalists and teachers of philosophy.

A number of MA graduates have gone on to study at MLitt/PhD level and develop careers as Philosophy academics.

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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