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Philosophy

This one-year course (two years part-time) provides an ideal academic environment for those who would like to study the subject at a higher level in preparation for a PhD or as a basis for future employment. Significant numbers of former students go on to further study. The course includes research training and allows you to write a substantial dissertation on a topic you wish to pursue at PhD level. Our staff members have expertise in a very wide range of areas, so there is considerable flexibility over choice of dissertation topic. Modules are taught via group seminars and one-to-one tutorials.

Entry requirements

MA: A typical 2:1 classification or higher at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification with a substantial philosophy component. Admission Criteria for Research Focus on Science, Medicine and Society: A 2:1 classification or higher at undergraduate level or equivalent qualification with a substantial philosophy component or other appropriate component, for example science-related subjects. At least one example of written work on a philosophical theme (up to 5,000 words).

Course modules

List A: Dissertation; Philosophical Perspectives; Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules to the value of 90 credits from Lists B, C and D. The module titles below are those offered in previous academic years. Not all the modules will necessarily be available every year. List B: Ancient Philosophers on Necessity, Fate and Free Will; Forms After Plato; Science and The Enlightenment; Philosophical Issues in Science and Medicine; Philosophy and Religion; Current Issues in Metaphysics; Current Issues in Ethics; Gender Theory and Feminist Philosophy; Phenomenology and The Sciences of Mind; Current Issues in Aesthetics and Theory of Art; Ethics, Medicine and History; Mind and Action; Philosophy of The Social Sciences; Ethics of Cultural Heritage; Environmental Philosophy; Research Ethics; Special Topic in Philosophy; List C: Candidates taking modules from List C must take both modules: Business Ethics 1: Ethical Leadership; Business Ethics 2: Society and Sustainability; List D: Candidates taking modules from List D must take both modules: Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Accountability; Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Business Ethics;

Assessment methods

Three topic modules, research methods module and dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 7,750 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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