This MA 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. The breadth and depth of research expertise in the Philosophy department means that we can offer you an unusually broad range of options for Master’s 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.
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.
All MA Philosophy students will take Research Methods.
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. In addition to your core module, you will be able to select 100 CATS (5 modules) from our extensive range of modules; to promote breadth of knowledge, you’ll 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
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
On this course you will follow a programme of taught modules making up 120 CATS (academic credits), followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. Our modules are generally 20 CATS, so you will cover 6 modules - although your exact pathway will depend on your selection of optional modules as detailed above. We offer a wide range of optional modules reflecting the great breadth of research areas we have in our department, so you will be able to tailor your course to your interests and aspirations.
Full-time students will undertake taught modules and submit assessed essays for these during the academic terms. You will also begin planning your dissertation and generally you will undertake your supervision sessions for this with your agreed supervisor during the summer term. As long as you pass your taught components, you will then focus on completion of your MA dissertation in the summer months of July and August.
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year
Part-time: (Part-time fees are charged over the first 2 years of study)
Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year
Find out more about fees and funding.