University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Epistemology, Mind and Language

The MLitt in Epistemology, the Philosophy of Mind and the Philosophy of Language offers students the opportunity to investigate topics including normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (UK 2.1 or equivalent) in philosophy or a cognate discipline.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Students must take three compulsory modules over the course of the programme. These are:
Semester 1 - these two modules are taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional cost.
1. Current Issues in Philosophy 1: focuses on epistemology and ethics.
2. Research Methods: aims to foster the range of skills required for independent research in philosophy. Students may choose to join a seminar group most related to their interests.
Semester 2: Current Issues in Philosophy 2: examines the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind.
Optional modules: You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of modules which focus on epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. These modules may include:

1. Action and Intention: examines GEM Anscombe's Intention, alongside other seminal essays and debates in the twentieth and twenty-first century philosophy of action.
2. Advanced Epistemology: advanced issues in contemporary epistemology, including contextualist and relativist theories of knowledge, sceptical paradoxes, lottery paradoxes, self-knowledge, fallibilism, intuition, reliabilism and minimalist theories of knowledge.
3. Formal Approaches to Natural Languages: introduces issues in formal semantics, as well as related issues in syntax and pragmatics.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University's position on curriculum development).

If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of logic, or if you have limited prior experience in this area, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, throughout the year.

Dissertation: The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of philosophy you are interested in; you will be encouraged to start considering a topic for the dissertation during Semester 2. Each student is supported through their dissertation by a relevant supervisor from the Department.

Assessment methods

MLitt assessment: 9 months of ongoing coursework and a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

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