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Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #54 (QS) ,
This MA is will enable you to study Philosophy at an advanced level, offering an extensive range of optional modules that give you the flexibility and the freedom to explore your own philosophical interests. We also provide a core Research Methods module, enabling you to develop the analytic and dialectical skills needed to carry out research in Philosophy. This fosters in-depth reflection on philosophical methods, conducted through fortnightly meetings in term-time.


After completing the MA, you may choose to apply to one of our PhD programmes. The degree also gives you an excellent grounding for further academic work in other areas and a wide range of careers. Recent employment destinations for our postgraduates include Philosophy lectureships, policy research and careers in politics, law, finance, media, teaching and journalism.

This programme provides you with the opportunity to study Philosophy at an advanced level, with world leading researchers and teachers. Through interactive seminars, written and oral coursework, research skills classes, and—in the dissertation—the production of a piece of independent philosophical research, you will develop and refine the skills which will provide a foundation for PhD research in Philosophy, or for the research, communication and analysis needed in a non-academic career.

The breadth and depth of research expertise in the Philosophy department means that we can offer you an unusually broad range of options for Masters-level study. The department has strengths across all core areas of analytic philosophy and continental philosophy. But, we have particular strengths in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Moral and Political Philosophy, Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy. The influential Leiter report lists us in the top groupings in each of those six areas. In each area, we are one of the top 3 UK departments for that specialism. The strength of research in the Philosophy department was acknowledged in the 2014 REF, in which the department was ranked 4th in the UK overall and 1st in the UK for the quality of published research in Philosophy.

To develop your research skills, you’ll take a core Research Methods module. You can read more about this core module below. To promote breadth of knowledge, you’ll also be expected to take at least one module from three different areas of Philosophy:

  • Theoretical Philosophy (including: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language or Logic)
  • Value Theory (modules covering topics in Ethics, Aesthetics, or Political Philosophy)
  • History of Philosophy

Students with a good pass in the MA in Philosophy are eligible to apply for a place on the 3-year PhD programme in Philosophy at Warwick or for places on PhD programmes at other universities in the UK and abroad. Likely employment destinations include lecturing in philosophy, policy research, politics, law, finance, media, journalism, and teaching.

Programme Structure

The module aims to improve students’ ability to study and reflect on philosophical methods, and develop research skills in preparation for further scholarly research, by engaging with a broad range of philosophical issues that are central to different philosophical traditions. For each seminar, students will have read in advance a philosophical text representative of a distinctive philosophical tradition, approach and methodology. Students will give an oral presentation on the text to initiate guided critical discussion of the reading. During these discussions students will be guided in their reflection upon philosophical methods, research techniques, and the most effective ways of presenting arguments and ideas orally and in writing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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    17500 GBP/year
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    7780 GBP/year
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