University of Birmingham

Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


The Philosophy programme offered by the University of Birmingham can be used as a route into PhD research. You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available.

Career Opportunities

Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments.

Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from teaching and lecturing to publishing. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: BBC; Friends of the Earth; Birmingham Children's Hospital; Highways England; and University of Birmingham.

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:

                        Monday 2 July is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom.

                      • Programme intensity

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

                        • Full-time duration 12 months
                        • Average part-time duration 24 months
                        • Intensity Flexible
                      • Languages
                        • English
                      • Delivery mode
                        On Campus
                      • More information Go to the programme website

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:


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                      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 Applies to you

                        16290 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 16290 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      • EU/EEA Applies to you

                        9000 GBP/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                      EU/EEA part-time fee is £4,500.

                      Living costs for Birmingham

                      • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
                        Living Costs

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