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Philosophy

University of Birmingham

M.A.
12 months
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17910 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Pursue your passion for Philosophy with the diverse Philosophy from the University of Birmingham.

Overview

Students on the Philosophy programme at University of Birmingham will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available. 

This programme can also be used as a route into PhD research.

By studying philosophy at Birmingham you can develop many skills that are useful in both academic and non-academic settings:

  • Critical thinking skills: Good philosophers can analyse problems and assess opinions from different viewpoints. Philosophers do not take anything for granted. This is highly useful for problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Communication skills: Good philosophers can present and explain abstract concepts and complex arguments in an accessible manner. They are also good at persuading others by presenting logical and coherent arguments.
  • Writing skills: Good philosophers can communicate effectively in writing. They can write clearly and concisely without compromising rigour.
  • Research skills: Good philosophers can identify problems and collect necessary information to resolve them in a timely manner.

Careers

Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market including articulacy, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments.

Due to the transferable nature of these skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from teaching and lecturing to social work. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include BBC, Friends of the Earth, Birmingham Children?s Hospital, Highways England, Ministry of Justice and University of Birmingham. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Skills and Methods
    • Bioethics
    • Epistemology
    • Ethics and Global Ethics
    • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
    • Human Rights
    • Metaphysics
    • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
    • Philosophy of Health and Happiness 
    • Philosophy of Language 
    • Philosophy and Mental Health 
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Topics in Global Justice

    Key information

    Duration

    • Full-time
      • 12 months
    • Part-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

    Language

    English

    Delivered

    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    Upper Second Class

    English requirements

    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    88
    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
    6.5

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • The programme allows for multi-disciplinary entry. You need an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, preferably in Philosophy or another relevant subject, or a Joint Honours degree of which Philosophy or another relevant subject is a component.
    • If your undergraduate degree is in another subject, you are still very welcome to apply. We consider every application on its merits and we are happy to consider applicants with diverse academic backgrounds. Your level of academic achievement, letters of reference, and personal statement will all have strong influence on our decision.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      17910 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17910 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      9250 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • UK / EU: £4,625 part-time

    Funding

    • Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas. 
    • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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