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. The programme offers the flexibility for recent graduates in the subject to study chosen topics in greater depth.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 1 February 2016

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), six optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

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


  • Options may include the following:
  • General Philosophy: Moral & Political Philosophy
  • General Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality
  • 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
  • 19th Century Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Metaphysics of Science


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Philosophy MA


Applicants for this programme may be eligible for a number of funding opportunities, including UCL graduate scholarships.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Fellow, Georgetown University Law School (2012)
  • PhD Study, Pennsylvania University (2012)
  • Marketing Intern, Enstligen Alp (2012)
  • Business Analyst, Accenture (2013)
  • Management Consultant, ATOS (2013)


The programme equips graduates with the skills to analyse complex thoughts and arguments, develop independence of judgement and originality of thought, 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The department has strengths in philosophy of mind, language, political and moral philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology and the History of Philosophy..

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 hosts 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.

Student / staff ratios › 19 staff › 37 taught students › 67 research students

Department: Philosophy

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"UCL Philosophy combines the intimacy that you get with academic staff numbers of around 15, as well as breadth and depth of expertise, as it is part of the wider London philosophical scene."

Lee Walters

Philosophy MA, MPhil, PhD (2011)
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Southampton
Staff review

"UCL has one of the best philosophy departments in the world. With the other London universities there are interesting talks, workshops, and conferences taking place all the time. Most of my work is on causation, laws of nature, and probability, and the relationship between these three things. Work on probability and causation is a cross-disciplinary venture, involving philosophers, computer scientists, statisticians, and psychologists, among others."

Professor Luke Fenton-Glynn

Philosophy MA, Philosophy MPhil/PhD
UCL Philosophy
Alumni review

"Immediately after the Philosophy MA I found a job in the arts sector. It was definitely a valuable addition to my CV. Most importantly, however, it enabled me to return to UCL as a research student. For me UCL strikes exactly the right balance between academic rigour and a friendly and supportive environment."

Annika Froese

Philosophy MA (2012)

Application and next steps


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.

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. Philosophy graduates who wish to develop a career in teaching philosophy are advised to apply for the MPhil Stud.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 February 2016
Applications are reviewed after 1 February each year and early submission is recommended. If places are available we will continue to review applications until August of the year of entry.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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