University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


This programme provides an intensive grounding in philosophy, its methodology and techniques of research; within the range of option courses students may choose to specialise in 1 of 5 main areas where the department has particular research strengths: ancient philosophy; early modern philosophy; epistemology; ethics; mind and cognition; alternatively, students can choose to pursue a more broad-based curriculum spanning the breadth of contemporary analytical philosophy.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent; for example, at least high average B or 3.4 out of 4 (North America); students whose 1st degree is not in philosophy may be considered for admission: such applicants must have achieved a high standard in their undergraduate work and provide evidence that they are capable of converting to study in philosophy; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: introduction to philosophical method (for students without a strong philosophy background); advanced philosophical method. Students choosing to follow a specialisation, choose course that relate to that route. Options may include: advanced topics in mind, language and embodied cognition; ancient theories of existence; bounded rationality; British enlightenment philosophy; epistemology 1; free will and moral responsibility; introduction to philosophical method; introduction to mind, language and embodied cognition; meta-ethics; philosophy and the environment.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 18,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 9,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

PPLS Postgraduate Office, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
Telephone number: 
0131 651 5002