University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Epistemology, Ethics and Mind

This course allows students to study the core philosophical areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree or its international equivalent, in philosophy. Students with academic backgrounds in disciplines closely related to philosophy, such as politics, classics or cognitive science, will also be considered, particularly where they have taken courses in philosophy at undergraduate level. If the student's background is in another related area they should contact the programme director to discuss their application. If English is not the 1st language, the applicant must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS, total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test, 100 (at least 23 in all sections); PTE(A), total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "communicative skills") sections; CPE, grade B; CAE, grade A.

Course modules

Core modules: philosophical methodology; epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Optional modules: epistemology; ethics and philosophy of mind and cognitive science; philosophy of science.

Assessment methods

Those taking the full MSc degree will write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic that is developed in consultation with faculty teaching on the programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 - 9 months
PgDip On-line study September 2016 - 21 months

Campus details

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Distance learning

Key information

PPLS Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0131 651 5002