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
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

This diploma is for graduates in any subject who would like to acquire a strong understanding of philosophy.

The Department of Philosophy has a reputation for high-quality research. Bristol ranks as one of the top ten philosophy departments in the UK, and as the strongest department in the UK for Mathematical Logic and Philosophy of Biology and as amongst the top two or three for General Philosophy of Science; Decision, Rational Choice and Game Theory; and Philosophy of Mathematics (Philosophical Gourmet Report). Our staff have diverse research interests and expertise across a wide range of philosophical areas.

The PG Diploma in Philosophy aims to develop your interest in and knowledge and understanding of central areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, and other areas of value theory. You will acquire a critical awareness and sophisticated understanding of the central philosophical issues in these fields and a sophisticated ability to critically evaluate and assess those positions. You will also study more specialised topics via optional units.

You will join our flourishing research culture and be encouraged to get involved in the regular research seminars, workshops and reading groups on a wide range of philosophical issues. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar offering 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.

This programme will be covered in our Philosophy and Religion webinar during our virtual open week. Register today.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£8,560
UK: part-time (two years)
£4,280
Overseas: full-time
£16,880

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

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 2022/23

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

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

Programme structure

The programme consists of six taught units, three mandatory and three optional. 

The unit Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar equips students with analytical tools and argumentative strategies essential for graduate level study and research in philosophy. Skills learnt in this unit are transferable into a vocational context and as such are highly valued by employers. 

The two further core units, Epistemology and Metaphysics and Value Theory develop your broad knowledge and understanding of some key central issues in philosophy.

The remainder of the taught element of your programme is made up of three optional units. 

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy.

Entry requirements

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

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Students who have completed the PG Diploma in Philosophy have gone on to careers as counsellors, journalists and teachers of philosophy; or have gone on to graduate study.

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Find out how to apply

Application deadline:

31 July 2022 for International applicants. 19 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.

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Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Arts
Department website: Department of Philosophy

International students

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

REF 2014 results

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

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

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