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Contact details

Mr Richard Edwards

Email: philosophy@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7115

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities, including: The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Postgraduate Studentships.

Other funding opportunities include UCL Graduate scholarships.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Philosophy MA

The Philosophy MA enables students to benefit from the acknowledged expertise of UCL's lively, close-knit intellectual community, and also access the stimulation and dynamism of London's wider philosophical community, one of the largest and most varied in the world.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme develops an advanced knowledge of problems in contemporary analytic philosophy, the history of philosophy and the study of value. It provides students with an understanding of a representative range of central philosophical debates and of the nature of philosophical problems, and encourages them to develop and defend their own viewpoint.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Philosophy has notable strengths in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, Political and Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, and the History of Philosophy, and we offer a strong and supportive research culture.

Our students benefit significantly from our location in London, which is one of the world centres of philosophical activity, home of a number of internationally renowned journals (Philosophy; Mind & Language; Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society) and which enjoys regular visiting speakers from across the world. London has over 60 active philosophers making it one of the largest and most varied philosophical communities in the world.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Preparation in Philosophy 1
  • Research Preparation in Philosophy 2


  • General Philosophy: Moral & Political Philosophy
  • General Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Global Justice and Health
  • Texts from Early Modern Philosophy: Hume
  • Early Wittgenstein
  • Epistemology
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Moral Responsibility and Moral Dilemmas
  • Kant
  • Greek Philosophy


All students undertake an independent research project in any area of philosophy taught by the department, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of seminars, lectures, and personal teaching and supervision. Students' performance is assessed through a combination of examinations, presentations, coursework and the dissertation. Students take eight modules and submit the dissertation at the end of their course.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a strong degree in a non-philosophical subject are welcome.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 February, but late applications will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The MA offers a useful means to study philosophy for an additional year after an undergraduate degree and provides a good basis for work outside of universities, as well as a foundation for further research in the field. Students who wish to develop a career in teaching philosophy are advised to take the MPhil Stud.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Philosophy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Philosophy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme offers.


Graduates of the department have become successful lawyers, journalists, theatre directors and novelists among many other careers. Those who take the MA as a conversion degree and progress well at it can expect to pursue further research in philosophy in London or elsewhere.

First destinations of recent MA graduates of the department include:

  • White and Case: Legal Assistant
  • Freie Universit√§t Berlin: Research Assistant Classics/Philosophy
  • College of Law: GDL Law Conversion Course
  • Shanghai Talk Magazine: Journalism Intern
  • Unicorn Theatre: Press and Marketing Assistant
  • World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations: Publishing Assistant
  • Kings College London: Personal Assistant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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