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MPhil in Philosophy (2020 Entry)

Group of philosophy students



  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MPhil
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 4 years


The MPhil in Philosophy is a two-year programme for students looking to engage in structured, independent study. Undertake focused research at master’s level with experts in both analytic and continental philosophy at Warwick's Department of Philosophy, ranked 1st in the UK (REF 2014).


The Warwick MPhil in Philosophy is a leading research programme for students looking to progress to independent study. Engage in focused research at master’s level under close expert supervision, as part of an active research community.

You will gain advanced expertise on your chosen range of topics in Philosophy, as well as carry out your own research project. The skills and subject knowledge you will gain will prepare you ideally for independent academic research.


The department has particular research strengths in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Epistemology, The Philosophy of Art and Literature, Moral and Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Kant and 19th Century Post-Kantian Philosophy.


During this two-year programme research programme, you will be required to study, and will receive supervisions in, three main areas of philosophy.

The key areas of study will cover historical areas including key figures such as Plato, Descartes, Kant, Husserl and Wittgenstein, and also Moral and Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind.

In each of your three chosen areas, you will write two 5,000 word supervised research papers, one due at the end of your first year, the other due at the end of the first term of the second year. In the remainder of your second year, you will undertake and submit a research thesis of approximately 30,000 words.

The primary means of study is by fortnightly supervisions, with at least one term of the first year devoted to each of the three areas of study you have chosen. You will be assigned a specialist supervisor for each area, who will agree topics for the papers which you will produce for each supervision. In addition, you will be encouraged to attend appropriate graduate classes to support your supervisory preparation. Graduate classes may be taken from amongst those offered on our Masters programmes, or be research led classes put on for the benefit specifically of MPhil students and PhD students.


Entry requirements A first-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or with a significant Philosophy component; two writing samples of 2,500 words; a strong statement of purpose – see departmental guidance

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Scholarships

Each year the Department awards up to five full tuition scholarships to postgraduate students on MA/ MPhil programmes (including overseas students).