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MA Programmes

MA Philosophy Structure


The programme consists of one 10,000 word Dissertation and 8 modules taken for credit.

Credits for Dissertation = 60

Total credits for courses = 120

Total credits = 180 

The Dissertation component is mandatory, as are the two Philosophy Research Preparation Seminars PHILGA11 and PHILGA12. Conversion students must also take the two General Philosophy courses for conversion students (PHILGA09 General Philosophy 1: Ethics & Political Philosophy & PHILGA10 General Philosophy 2: Knowledge & Reality).

1st Term

Students take four 15-credit courses. These are: the MA Research Preparation Seminar, and three other MA courses coded PHILGA… 

Conversions students must take the following TWO General Philosophy courses: 

  • PHILGA09 General Philosophy: Moral & Political Philosophy (UCL MA students only)
  • PHILGA10 General Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality (UCL MA students only)

All MA students must take the Philosophy Research Preparation Seminar, which introduces students to graduate study in Philosophy and provides a forum for philosophical discussion. (This course is restricted to UCL MA Philosophy students.)

2nd Term

Students take four 15-credit courses. They must take the Philosophy Research Preparation Seminar, and three other MA courses coded PHILGA… 

In either the first term or the second term, students may take one 15-credit course from another department, with the approval of the MA Tutor (a maximum of one course in the whole year). (With the approval of the MA Tutor, Philosophy courses in the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science will not be counted as courses in another department.)

3rd Term

Any modules assessed by unseen examination will have the exam in this term. 

Students will work on their Dissertations, under supervision from their Dissertation tutor. The summer term allocation is for three supervisions; these usually run as follows:

  • Plan and suggested readings 
  • Discuss drafted written work 
  • Further revisions to drafted work

Some supervisors may give feedback on a penultimate draft in the summer vacation. 

MA PPE of Health Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Philosophy Politics and Economics of Health
  • Health Policy and Reform
  • Cost-benefit Analysis and Health

Optional Modules can include:

  • Global Justice and Health
  • Translational Clinical Science
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy I and II
  • Global Health and Development
  • Comparative Human Rights Law
  • Public Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • Ideas of Health and Sickness in Industrial Society
  • Science, Governance and the Public


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words. They are assigned a supervisor for the summer term when they undertake this project.



MA Orientation

Click here for the moodle site with the MA Philosophy course handbook (UCL log-in required).

PPE Health MA

MA Philosophy Supervision List Summer 2015

Michael Allis Luke Fenton-Glynn
Arthur Au Dean Machin
Adam Challand Daniel Rothschild
Yanxin Chen Sebastian Gardner
Jessica Fischer Dean Machin
Nicolo Ghitti Daniel Rothschild
Bernard Hay Tom Stern
George Holker Yannig Luthra
Yuanyi Huang Michael Martin
Miles Nikolic Jose Zalabardo
Joseph Palasz Veronique Munoz-Darde
Benjamin Passfield Han Van Wietmarschen
Sybilla Pereira Sebastian Gardner
Katrin Peuker Sarah Richmond
Victoria Princewill Sebastian Gardner
Edmund Roberts Sarah Richmond
Benjamin Rutter Cressida Gaukroger
Dominik Said Sebastian Gardner
Vittorio Sandri Sebastian Gardner
Samuel Stroud Tom Stern
Viswa Summan Rory Madden
Samuel Tyer Sarah Richmond
William Warner Luvy O'Brien
Miranda West Dean Machin
Jack White Jose Zalabardo

MA Philosophy Politics & Economics of Health - Supervision List Summer 2015

Hang Bao Veronique Munoz-Darde
Katharine Barnett Benedict Rumbold
Kathryn Berge James Wilson
Anand Bhopal James Wilson
Gareth Campbell Benedict Rumbold
Chloe Carter Jo Wolff
Trinidad Covarrubias Correa James Wilson
Pieter De Meer Veronique Munoz-Darde
Saul Derry-Malone Dean Machin
Sebastian Fonseca Chaparo Dean Machin
Arianna Manzini Jonathan Montgomery (Laws)
Michael Matthiesen Mark Kalderon
Omran Saeed Mearaj Sarah Richmond
Peimeng Wang Jo Wolff
Saad Khalid James Wilson
Konstantinos Miltsios James Wilson

MA Dissertation Submission


Two copies of your MA dissertation are due in the Departmental Office by 4pm on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

You also need to submit this on the Moodle site by this deadline. 


Dissertations should be handed in as follows:

  • Two copies, not in folder or cover, but with the pages of each copy well secured (e.g. stapled or bound) and including the Cover Sheet below
  • Download Cover Sheet (Word doc)The module code for the dissertation is PHILGA99
  • On the front page please put the total number of words (Maximum 12,000: including footnotes, excluding bibliography / referencing)
  • Your dissertation should have a clear bibliography at the end listing all works you have referred to or quoted from.
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the dissertation.

Important Note on 'Computer Failure'

Computer failure is not a sufficient reason to excuse late submissions. Candidates are advised to make back-up copies and store them away from the computer as well as, closer to the submission date, printing out draft copies. This is the responsibility of the candidate.



How do I connect to Eduroam (the UCL wireless network)?

You can connect to Eduroam using your UCL userid appended with '@ucl.ac.uk' (e.g. ucxxzano@ucl.ac.uk) and your UCL account password. 


What will my timetable be?

Full MA module timetable information is available on the department website via the UCL common timetable system.

How do I confirm the modules I want to take?

Module confirmation is completed via Portico - please read the registration guide.

How do I change a module I have previously confirmed I want to take?

It is not possible for you to change modules once they have been confirmed. If you need to please email Richard Edwards with an explanation.

Which modules are compulsory?

The two Philosophy Research Preparation Seminars PHILGA11 and PHILGA12 are mandatory. Conversion students must also take the two General Philosophy courses for conversion students. All students must take 8 modules in total, including the above, and complete the dissertation component.

What is the different between a 'Graduate Studies' course and a 'Research Seminar'?

The emphasis in a Graduate Studies course is on giving students an intensive grounding in a specific area of philosophy, such as philosophy of language, or normative ethics.This will typically involve a syllabus of pedagogically important articles or book chapters.

A Research Seminar on the other hand is explicitly focused on the current research interests of the module tutor, and will typically involve presentation of the tutor’s own research.

Can I take undergraduate level courses?

You can only take courses with a code beginning 'PHILGA...'. However, many of these modules are also shared with MPhil and/or undergradaute students, often resulting in larger classes and a different seminar dynamic. Information about which modules are shared, and with whom, is available on the course list. 

Can I take modules 'outside' the Department?

In either the first term or the second term, students may take one 15-credit course from another department, with the approval of the MA tutor (a maximum of one course in the whole year).

With the approval of the MA tutor, philosophy courses in the School of Public Policy/Department of Political Science will not count as courses in another department.


When and how do I get my results?

Provisional essay results are released on Moodle - an email will be sent when available. These are provisional until the Board of Examiners has met, by which time marks will have been moderated by a second examiner and confirmed by the external examiner. The board of examiners meeting is usually mid October.

What is the maximum word length for assessed essays?

The maximum is 4500 words, not inclusive of references and bibliography. Assessed work more than 10% longer than this will not be accepted for submission (i.e. it will not be date-stamped or otherwise recorded as formally submitted), but immediately returned to the student with instructions to reduce the word length.The work may then be resubmitted, except insofar as penalties for late submission may apply.

If submitted work is subsequently found to have an inaccurately stated word count, and to exceed the upper word limit by at least 10% and by less than 20%, the mark will be reduced by ten percentage marks, subject to a minimum mark of a minimum pass assuming that the work merited a pass.

For work which exceeds the upper word limit by 20% or more, a mark of zero will be recorded.

What are the coursework deadlines and penalties for late submission?

Essays for first term modules have to be submitted by 4pm on the first day of the second term (moodle and hard copy). Essays for second term modules have to be submitted by 4pm on the the first working day of the third term. Strict penalties are applied when an essay is submitted late. These are normally waived only for medical reasons, provided that documentary evidence is submitted.

Where can I find information about the MA Philosophy dissertation?

Please see the dissertation information here.

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