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. The programme offers the flexibility for recent graduates in the subject to study chosen topics in greater depth.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 February 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
Philosophy MA includes a conversion route with introductory modules for those who have not studied the subject before.
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).
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:
Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities, including: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Postgraduate Studentships.
The department also has a Wollheim fund supported by alumni for graduate students.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Applications are reviewed after 1 February 2014 each year and early submission is recommended. If places are available we will continue to review applications until August of the year of entry.
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
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 Universität 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
Top career destinations for this programme
- University of Tokyo, Administrative Assistant, 2010
- 1994 Group, Internship, 2010
- The Social Investment Consultancy, Research Assistant, 2010
- Local MP, Research Assistant, 2010
- Demos Independent Think Tank, Researcher, 2011
The programme equips graduates with the skills to analyse complex throughts and arguments, develop independence of judgement and originality of throught, evaluate arguments rigorously, present views lucidly, both orally and on paper, question orthodox views. These skills provide an ideal springboard to future academic study and many graduates go into Law or further (doctoral) philosophical study both UK and abroad.
"UCL Philosophy combines the intimacy that you get with a faculty of around 15, as well as the breadth and depth of expertise of a much larger faculty, as it is part of the wider London philosophical scene."
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Southampton, 2011
"The university is also a gateway for accessing a broader philosophy scene in London, such as the Aristotelian Society and the Institute of Philosophy."
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
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