PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) PhilosophyFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Awards available||PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed|
|Start date||September 2017|
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 has 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 may be considered if you consistently achieve high marks in the programme.
Fees for 2017/18
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2017/18
For further information on funding, 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.
- 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.
You will take three optional units. For each unit you may choose either:
- 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.
- a unit taught by individual tutorials on an agreed topic of your choice.
Each optional unit is assessed by an essay of 5,000-6,000 words.
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||
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.|
Most students who undertake this qualification go on to study the subject at Master's level.
1 August 2017
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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.