Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,100 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,450 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
More information: Go to university website
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible

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Description

Philosophy at Kent prides itself on the flexibility of its programmes. Students are able to negotiate their own paths of study through a full range of mixed level modules and specialist seminars that reflect the research interests of members of staff.

We offer a wide variety of topics and modules, in all areas of philosophy. Our department is a place of academic brilliance, friendly exchange, intellectual excitement and diversity. In our weekly departmental research seminar, colleagues and philosophers from other universities present their current work, and in our thriving student-run graduate seminar, students discuss their ideas with peers and members of staff. We host a Centre for Reasoning and are connected to the Aesthetics Research Group, both offering their own weekly research seminars.

Philosophy is part of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), which embraces eight other disciplines: Classical & Archaeological Studies; Comparative Literature; English Language and Linguistics; French; German; Hispanic Studies; Italian; and Religious Studies. This means that students enrolled on a postgraduate programme in Philosophy can draw on the excellent resources of a diverse team of teachers with expertise in many key areas of European culture.

Contents

Our MA in Philosophy is designed for those who wish to broaden their study of philosophy and make a gradual transition to research. It is ideally suited to students with previous philosophical training who would like to widen their knowledge of topics, gain more training in philosophical methodology, and/or narrow down their interests of specialisation in preparation for an MPhil/PhD.

We offer a wide variety of topics and modules, in theoretical philosophy (mind, language, logic, epistemology, metaphysics), in moral philosophy (metaethics, normative ethics, political philosophy), and in history of philosophy (ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, 20th-century analytic philosophy). All our MA students are offered supervision by staff members.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

PL805 - Special Topics I

PL806 - Special Topics II

PL855 - Theoretical Philosophy

PL856 - Practical Philosophy

PL998 - Dissertation: Philosophy

Assessment

Assessment is by coursework essays of 4,000 words and the dissertation of 8-10,000 words.

Learning outcomes

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for academic philosophical study at MPhil/PhD level
  • attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender, or physical disability from within the UK
  • further the University’s International Strategy by attracting students, as above, from abroad as well
  • enable you to deepen your knowledge of work in the key areas of theoretical and practical philosophy
  • enable you to begin to specialise in your areas of interest
  • provide you, consistent with point one above, with a transition from undergraduate study to independent research in philosophy
  • provide you with a training that will culminate, if followed through to PhD level, in the ability to submit articles to refereed journals in academic philosophy.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding in:

(Several specific areas of the discipline based on a critical study of the relevant literature)

  • the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings, from the ancient Greek philosophers to the present day
  • central theories and arguments in the fields of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind, including such topics as existence, truth, certainty , meaning, causality, free will, and the relation of mind and body
  • central theories and arguments in the fields of moral, political and social philosophy, including such topics as the nature of judgements about right and wrong, human rights, duties and obligations, the relation between the individual and society, freedom, and justice
  • the relevance of philosophical ideas to other disciplines and areas of enquiry such as literature, the arts, religion, law, politics, and social studies
  • the applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry in philosophy, as well as the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement the final project (dissertation) and to adjust it in the light of unforeseen problems.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in

  • listening attentively to complex presentations; using powers of analysis and imagination
  • reading carefully a variety of technical and non-technical material
  • using libraries effectively
  • reflecting clearly and critically on oral and written sources
  • marshalling a complex body of information
  • remembering relevant material and bringing it to mind when needed
  • constructing cogent arguments in the evaluation of this material
  • formulating independent ideas and defending them with cogent arguments.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the ability to conduct arguments about matters of the highest moment without recourse to insult or susceptibility to take offence
  • the willingness to evaluate opposing arguments, to formulate and consider the best arguments for different views and to identify the weakest elements of the most persuasive view
  • honesty in recognising the force of the conclusions warranted by a careful assessment of pertinent arguments
  • articulacy in identifying underlying issues in all kinds of debate
  • precision of thought and expression in the analysis and the formulation of complex and controversial problems
  • sensitivity in interpretation of texts drawn from a variety of ages and/or traditions
  • clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in such texts
  • the ability to use and criticise specialised philosophical terminology
  • the ability to abstract, analyse and construct sound arguments and to identify logical fallacies
  • the ability to recognise methodological errors, rhetorical devices, unexamined conventional wisdom, unnoticed assumptions, vagueness and superficiality
  • the ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, inventing or discovering examples to support or challenge a position, and distinguishing relevant and irrelevant considerations
  • the ability to consider unfamiliar ideas and ways of thinking, and to examine critically pre-suppositions and methods within the discipline itself.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • working with others: participating in seminar discussions, responding to the views of others and to criticisms of your own views without giving or taking offence, engaging in independent group work, including the running of the graduate seminar
  • using information technology: using online information sources, word processing essays, using email for receiving and responding to communications
  • communication: producing focused and cogent written presentations summarising information and assessing arguments, giving oral presentations, using visual aids where appropriate
  • problem-solving: identifying problems, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, defending your own solutions with cogent arguments
  • improving your learning: identifying your strengths and weaknesses, assessing the quality of your own work, managing your time and meeting deadlines, learning to work independently.

Requirements

A first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent).

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 (IETLS 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.

75 (Grade B)

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