Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

Our flagship MSc Philosophy degree programme offers you an excellent opportunity to enhance your learning and join a large, vibrant and supportive postgraduate community. This programme provides an intensive grounding in philosophy, its methodology and techniques of research. It is the ideal programme to lead on to further research and study in philosophy as part of a PhD programme. We provide a broad, advanced education in philosophy, covering all the core areas of analytic philosophy:

  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic and philosophy of language
  • Moral and political philosophy
Key research areas The programme provides the ideal foundation for future research in philosophy and you have the option to keep your studies general or focus on a particular area. Your MSc culminates in a research dissertation in a core research area: an original, publication-quality piece of research, undertaken in close collaboration with researchers in the relevant group. The department has particular focus in the following areas:
  • Applied ethics
  • History of philosophy, including Ancient philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and Early modern and Enlightenment philosophy
  • Meta-ethics
  • Philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience
  • Philosophy of race and gender
  • Philosophy of science
Philosophy is rated 4th in the UK by Times Higher Education for the quality and breadth of the research using the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). What will I learn? One of the main advantages of the MSc in Philosophy is its flexibility. There are no mandatory courses for the degree (beyond a study skills course for those without a strong background in philosophy), thus allowing you to develop a path that is tailored to your interests. You can also take advantage of the highly interdisciplinary nature of research within philosophy and draw on teaching and research both elsewhere in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and within other relevant Schools. Is this MSc for me? This programme provides an understanding of particular philosophical areas, and you can customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about. It provides an excellent preparation for further research and knowledge of philosophy, whether you choose to pursue this in further in academic research or in a professional career. Reputation, relevance and employability Edinburgh has a proud and distinguished place in the history of philosophy and has long been associated with some of the field’s most important thinkers. Our Philosophy department, one of the largest in the world, is now home to academics leading research into a wide range of contemporary topics. You will benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, having the opportunity to select optional courses and attend research seminars across different disciplines. Our students’ research projects are often published in academic or professional journals. Our programme has an excellent reputation among employers and further research opportunities. Many of our graduates have gone onto PhD training and we have a high academic job placement record. Find out more about our community The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is home to a large, supportive and active student community, hosting events and activities throughout the year which you can join. As a postgraduate student you will have access to a range of research resources, state-of-the-art facilities research seminars and reading groups.


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Entry requirements

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Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS