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Course summary

What is the nature of the mind? Do we have free will? Do we owe it to future generations to tackle climate change? Addressing issues of today, the past or what’s to come, philosophical questions are as relevant now as ever. On this research-focused course, you’ll engage in critical thinking, developing analytical and problem-solving skills that will enable you to understand, communicate and respond to different ideas and arguments effectively. Excellent preparation for further research or doctoral study, you’ll also be well placed for roles in business or government, marketing, policy-making, charitable organisations, education and training, or law. Why choose this course?

  • Keele’s Philosophy Department has enjoyed a strong reputation since the 1950s and benefits from a wide-ranging portfolio of expertise
  • High staff-to-student ratio enhanced by small-group tutorials and a strong, inclusive research community
  • Cutting-edge research in metaphilosophy, history of philosophy, metaphysics of science, natural and social kinds, political theory, philosophy of mind and action, religion and the meaning of life
  • Home to the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian Research Centre (KOSAK), acknowledging our leading expertise in the area of Kantian studies within the UK and Europe
  • Leading academics from across the world present regularly at our Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures, annual Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lecture, annual conference, and other research events
If you want to explore philosophical questions around right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, human beings, logic and language, or the nature of the universe, this research-based MRes will encourage you to think critically about the world around us, while developing skills in rigorous analysis, sound argument and persuasive communication. The questioning nature of philosophy and its relevance to society today makes for interesting and sometimes controversial debate in class. Whether you're set on doing a PhD or have never studied philosophy before, this course will allow you to broaden your knowledge of philosophy, gaining a deeper understanding of key philosophical texts, as well as developing practical research skills and abilities through our dedicated research training. This course is ideal for students who want the freedom to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, while also receiving the guidance expected of a taught masters. From the outset, you will be paired with an experienced supervisor to support your personal and professional development, working together to refine your individual research, writing and communications skills, for example, preparing successful research proposals and grant applications. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

Students should have a good degree, 2:2 minimum, from an awarding UK institution, or its equivalent. It is not necessary to hold the degree in philosophy. For students who fall short of this requirement, relevant work experience or evidence of experience in the field can be considered as an alternative. Students for whom English is not the first language are required to take one of the internationally recognised English language tests such as Academic IELTS or equivalent English language qualification. The minimum entry level is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest, or equivalent English language test scores.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.
Philosophy at Keele University - UCAS