Masters in Philosophy

One of the oldest disciplines in the world, philosophy is concerned with questioning all that we know, and exploring new areas of knowledge. You will consider the purpose of human existence, the value of life, how we know right from wrong, and many other complex concepts. The discipline of philosophy is one that is constantly changing, as our understanding of the world around us develops and improves.

About Philosophy


The accreditation of your degree will depend on the institution you choose to study at. It will also be influenced by the level of study you are applying for, and the specific content of your course. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award you with a research degree such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.

FeesPostgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £8,000

Topics Covered


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MA or MSc, you will be able to build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will be on the more complex and specialised areas of philosophy. You will cover the traditional subjects, as well as the more contemporary areas. Modules and specialisms might include philosophical logic, scepticism, human rights, mental health, and philosophy of mind. Assessment methods might include written work, group projects, and a major research projects.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for a philosophy degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying for. For a postgraduate degree, most institutions will require you to have an undergraduate degree in philosophy, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree - 2:1 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Philosophy, History, Geography, Law, Sociology