M.A. Philosophy

University of Birmingham

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This programme enables students to carry out a significant research project whilst following three taught modules. You take a Philosophical Research module and then choose one module from: Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Mind; Ethics; Metaphysics; and Epistemology.

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Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time


The MRes is a one-year programme designed to enable students to carry out a significant research project while following three taught modules.

Programme content
The first module, Philosophical Research, investigates key questions concerning philosophical methods and thereby helps students to plan and manage the preparation of their theses. It also facilitates the sharpening of key bibliographic, critical, interpretive, and presentational skills.
Two further modules are chosen from the following options:

* Philosophy of Language
* Philosophy of Cognitive Science
* Philosophy of Mind
* Ethics
* Metaphysics
* Epistemology

As with PhD students, each MRes student is assigned a supervisor, an academic advisor and a mentor. The MRes is a self-standing research programme; however many students treat it as preparatory for the PhD.

Postgraduate students will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available. Topics include: ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; mind, language and action; and the philosophy of health and happiness.


Candidates are normally required to have at least an upper second-class Honours degree in Philosophy (or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy is a component).

* IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
* TOEFL 580 Paper- based test / 237 Computer-based test

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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