Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15660 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    7290 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
On this Philosophy programme from University of Birmingham you will be able to choose from a variety of modules covering key areas in Philosophy. These include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science; ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of language; philosophy of health and happiness; value of life.

About

This Philosophy programme from University of Birmingham can also be used as a route into PhD research.

You will take a core research skills module and then select five modules from a range of options offered by Philosophy (including the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics) and other departments.

Why choose this programme?

  • Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds in Philosophy. We are ranked second among all Philosophy departments in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere – Staff within the Department of Philosophy know students by name and are always happy to talk through work and provide additional feedback on academic performance.
  • Small classes – teaching on the masters-level modules involve mainly small-group seminars allowing you to really get to grips with the learning material.
  • Be a part of an active postgraduate community – you will join a lively and stimulating Department where you can contribute to on-going research activities, including research seminars and events such as our weekly speaker series and various workshops, reading groups and conferences throughout the year.
  • Access to a wide range of services – as a postgraduate student you will have access to services such as the Academic Writing Advisory Service and the Bank of Assessed Work. You will be supported throughout your time at Birmingham – if that be aiding your transition from undergraduate to postgraduate level, or back into academia after a time away and making sure you develop as an academic writer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Bioethics
  • Epistemology
  • Global Ethics I
  • Global Ethics II
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
  • Human Rights
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy and Mental Health
  • Philosophy of Mind

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      • More details:

                        3rd of July deadline refers only to the international students.

                      • Programme intensity

                        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                        Full-time
                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        Part-time
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                        • Intensity Flexible
                        • Part-time variant
                          Flexible
                      • Credits
                        180 alternative credits
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus
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                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:

                        6.5

                        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                      • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

                        176

                        The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                        Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                      • Minimum required score:

                        88

                        The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                      Academic Requirements

                      The programme allows for multi-disciplinary entry. You need an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in Philosophy or another relevant subject or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy or another relevant subject is a component.

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        15660 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 15660 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      • EU/EEA

                        7290 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 7290 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

                      Funding

                      • Postgraduate Loan - A loan of up to £10,280 available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes
                      • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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