M.A. Philosophy

University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
All postgraduate and diploma students present and discuss their work-in-progress at the fortnightly postgraduate research seminar.

Description of Philosophy


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.

Key facts

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

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

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • Home / EU: full-time - £5,940
  • Overseas: full-time - £13,665

Part-time programme fees are one half of the full-time programme fees.

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

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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

Requirements for Philosophy

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

Work Experience for Philosophy

No work experience is required.

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