Postgraduate Diploma On Campus


Durham University

9 months
15000 GBP/year
6390 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Philosophy GDip course offered by Durham University is a nine month conversion course (18 months part-time), designed for those who already have a degree and wish to pursue an interest in philosophy. 


The Philosophy GDip course offered by Durham University provides an ideal learning environment if you are interested in progressing to an MA in Philosophy, or simply want the opportunity to learn about philosophy.

Course Learning and Teaching

You will receive an average of eight timetabled contact hours per week. The contact hours come in the form of lectures, tutorials and seminars, depending on the four modules chosen by you. In addition, you are offered six hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision with an expert in your chosen research area.

Philosophical development involves not only familiarising yourself with a body of knowledge but also acquiring skills in critical reasoning and argumentation. In addition to introducing you to key works in philosophy, the course offers many opportunities for dialogical interaction. Lecture sessions include time for questions, tutorials consist mainly of structured, critical dialogue in a supportive environment, and seminars provide opportunities for extended discussion. Dissertation supervision meetings give guidance on suitable reading, critical discussion of relevant sources, detailed advice on how to write a 12,000 word piece of research, and intensive critical engagement with your philosophical position and argument.

Timetabled contact is only a part of the learning process; its aim is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the relevant literature yourself and to pursue independent learning. Lectures and accompanying documents contextualise material and introduce you to topics, positions and debates. At least four hours of additional study per week are recommended for each lecture or seminar, which includes reading and the completion of assignments. Having completed the reading, you will engage in discussion in seminars or return to lecture topics in small group tutorials. These will help you to refine your understanding of the material and to develop the reasoning skills needed to formulate, present, defend and criticise philosophical positions.

You can also benefit from a range of other activities in the department, including the department’s postgraduate philosophy society (EIDOS), weekly research seminars and reading groups, and occasional conferences, workshops and Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures. The programme director remains in contact with you throughout the year and is always available to discuss any issues that might arise, whether personal or academic.

Programme Structure

Course structure

The Diploma has two main components:

  • Four undergraduate modules. At least two of these must be at Level 3 and no more than one should be at Level 1.
  • A dissertation of 12,000 words (double module).
  • You can choose from a wide range of modules, which in the past have included:

    Level 1:
    • Ethics and Values
    • Knowledge and Reality
    • Reading Philosophy
    • History and Theory of Medicine
    Level 2:
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Political Philosophy
    • Language, Logic and Reality

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 9 months
    • Part-time
      • 18 months
      • Flexible

    Start dates & application deadlines


    80 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA
    Upper Second Class

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    Subject requirements, level and grade

    • The entry requirements for this course have been designed to encourage applications from as wide a range of interested and able people as possible, including mature students, who may have been away from university for a long time, and international students. As an applicant for our Graduate Diploma, you will usually have achieved a 2.1 or equivalent in a previous degree but this is not a strict requirement and decisions are made on a case by case basis. 
    Additional requirements: 
    • At least one example of written work on a philosophical theme (up to 5,000 words).

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      15000 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP per year during 9 months.
    • National

      6390 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 6390 GBP per year during 9 months.
    • EU students: £15,000  per year

    Living costs for Durham

    660 - 1140 GBP /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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