Philosophy, science and religion are three endeavours that shape in far-reaching and fundamental ways how we think, what we value, and how we live. Public discourse, professional life, politics and culture revolve around the philosophical, scientific and religious ideas of our age; yet they and their relationship to each other are not well understood.
Students will be brought up to date with the relevant scientific developments – including quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and human origins – the relevant theological issues – including the problem of evil, miracles, theological conceptions of creation, theological conceptions of providence, and eschatology – and the philosophical tools in philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language required to understand the relationship between them.
Students will develop logical acumen and analytical skills, and the ability to express themselves clearly in writing and in conversation with diverse groups of students from around the world. As well as being a leading research institution in philosophy, theology and the sciences, Edinburgh has lead the way in providing high quality, bespoke and intensive online learning at postgraduate level.
The innovative online format of the programme and the flexibility of study it offers make it accessible to those with family or professional commitments, or who live far from Edinburgh.
The Philosophy, Science and Religion (Online Learning) program offered by The University of Edinburgh is designed to give you a rigorous grounding in contemporary work in the intersection of philosophy, science and religion.
This course is designed to prepare you for doctoral work in relevant areas of philosophy and/or theology.
However, the skills of analytical but creative thinking, clear writing, and the abilities to manage projects that require significant research and to engage in constructive conversations across disciplinary and cultural boundaries, are all highly sought after by employers in a diverse range of fields.
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- You will take options from a wide range of courses offered by the Department of Philosophy and the School of Divinity both jointly and individually, and will be required to write a dissertation.
- All students will be required to take two core courses: Philosophy, Science and Religion 1: The Physical World; and Philosophy, Science and Religion 2: Life and Mind.
- Courses will include online lectures, tutorials, quizzes, discussion sessions and personal tutor contact.
- At the dissertation stage, you will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will meet, through video conferencing, to plan and discuss your research and writing.
- 12 months
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant natural science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics) or relevant humanities subject (e.g. theology, religious studies, philosophy).
International18100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA18100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
- MSc PT intermittent study: 20 credits £2,015; 60 credits £6,035
- PgDip, PgCert PT intermittent study: 20 credits £2,015
- PgDip FT fees: £12,070
UK government postgraduate loans
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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!
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