Philosophical Studies MArt (Hons)

Course Overview

Philosophy explores the big questions - Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination.

Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through Philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.

The Master of Philosophical Studies provides a rich balance of both analytic and continental approaches to philosophy, as well the study of areas such as ethics, environmental philosophy, political philosophy and Eastern and Chinese philosophy.

If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then this degree is for you.

Key Features

The University has a long and distinguished tradition of Philosophy provision dating back to 1827, when St David's College offered its first students courses in logic and metaphysics.

Philosophy is now delivered by a dedicated team working in the new School of Cultural Studies, following the creation of University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010. The current Philosophy team provides a rich balance between the different traditions, styles and subjects of Philosophy.

The small class sizes allows for the development of personal and informal relationships between staff and students: such relationships are fundamental to philosophical dialogue and conducive to student satisfaction, but unfortunately are all too rare in academic life today.

A variety of teaching methods contributes to the breadth of scope of the undergraduate degree in Philosophy, with seminars, tutorials, workshop sessions, and the more traditional lectures, as well as more modern methods utilising the internet and other e-learning facilities.

The Philosophy team is friendly and supportive, and is renowned for providing a welcoming, stimulating, and socially enriching environment for the new student. Our students are from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The University is noted for the support it offers to students from non-traditional backgrounds, and those who are returning to study after a long break from formal education. There is a high proportion of mature students, who bring their life-experiences to discussions and debates.?

With friendly and supportive staff, the Philosophy department provides a welcoming, stimulating, and socially enriching environment for the new student.


The Integrated Master degree offers a range of modules, allowing students to focus on their area of interest. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Typical modules include:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Study Abroad option

Course Tutor(s)

  • Dr David Morgans
  • Dr Rebekah Humphreys
  • Dr Tristan Nash


Students are assessed through a wide range of methods: mostly essays with presentations and examinations. Students have the opportunity to undertake practical tasks (for example, archiving and exhibition) in option modules.

Three research projects of increasing length are undertaken in the second, third and fourth years. These, in addition to developing analytical, critical thinking, and advanced writing skills, also develop strong oral presentation skills. These research projects culminate in a Masters' level dissertation in the final year.

Career Opportunities

There is no one path for our Master of Philosophical Studies graduates. Philosophy is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate transferable work skill. Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Law
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and journalism

The programme of embedded employability offered by the School of Cultural Studies at University of Wales Trinity Saint David ensures that our graduates have the skills set and confidence to explore a wide variety of career paths.

Taking all that they have gained from studying Philosophical Studies with us and combining it with a dedicated Careers Service, graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David are equipped to follow their passions wherever they may lead.

Further Information

Our students enjoy the use of an excellent suite of subject-specific resources, both electronic and hard-copy at the Learning Resources Centre. All our modules are taught with the support of innovative e-learning techniques via our Virtual Learning Environment. The School of Cultural Studies makes great use of its VLE: we podcast and/or vidcast every lecture, post all PowerPoints and hand-outs and utilise the space for links, discussions and group work. Our VLE is a live forum through which students and staff can interact, through which students are able better to revise and explore difficult topics and through which students are better able to access the electronic resources available in the virtual world.

All our modules are taught by specialists and active researchers. The influence of our research on our teaching offers our students the opportunity to learn from the best in the subject and follow the latest scholarly trends and discoveries, whilst our independent study modules allow you to explore your passion in its entirety.

Related Courses

  • BA Ethical and Political Studies
  • BA Philosophy
  • BA Philosophy and Theology
  • BA Philosophy and English

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

MArt (Hons) Award
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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