Durham University

Durham University


Durham University�s Department of Philosophy is a centre for research in a wide range of fields, including the following: aesthetics; ethics; environmental philosophy; feminism; history and philosophy of science and medicine (including the social sciences and economics); metaphysics; phenomenology and Continental philosophy; philosophy of mind and action. The Department is home to the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and it has strong links with several interdisciplinary centres, such as the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage and the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease.

Entry requirements

A typical 2.1 classification or higher at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification. English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or higher (no element under 6.5) or TOEFL IBT 102 or higher (no component under 25).

Course modules

Dissertation; philosophical research methods; candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules to the value of 90 credits from lists b, c and d. list b: ancient philosophers on necessity, fate and free will; forms after Plato; mind and action; philosophical issues in science and medicine; phenomenology and the sciences of mind; current issues in aesthetics and theory of art; current issues in metaphysics; current issues in ethics; philosophy and religion; gender theory and feminist philosophy; science and the enlightenment; ethics, medicine and history; philosophy of the social sciences; ethics of cultural heritage; environmental philosophy. List c: candidates taking modules from list c must take both modules:; credit value; business ethics 1: ethical leadership ; business ethics 2: society and sustainability. Candidates taking modules from list d must take both modules:; credit value; moral and corporate trust: trust and accountability ; moral and corporate trust: trust and business ethics.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through summative assessment.

Sponsorship information

Funding is available from a variety of sources: The Wellcome Trust, London: for students who commit themselves to a dissertation on a subject within the history of medicine; Durham University Philosophy Department Studentships; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); ESRC/Medical Research Council (ESRC/MRC); Durham University Graduate School MA Studentships for International Students; British Council; Students may apply for departmental funding


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Philosophy
Telephone number: 
0191 334 6553