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MRes Philosophy

Course length
  • 1 years full-time
  • Not available to study part-time
  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in philosophy or in another appropriate subject
  • PGCert Philosophy
  • PGDip Philosophy

NB: This programme is only available for full-time study in 2016/17.

Please see further details on the maximum period of study.

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise in an area of proposed doctoral research.

The timetable for 2016-17 can be found in the Postgraduate Options Handbook at the bottom of the page.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation. Students will take two core module and choose two optional modules of study. Students are assessed in each module through a combination of coursework and an end of year essay. The final dissertation of 12,000 – 15,000 words is on a research topic agreed by your supervisor.

Core modules

Knowledge and Reality

Examine current theories in epistemology and analytic metaphysics.

Gain detailed knowledge of the central philosophical themes in these important areas, such as justification, perception, scepticism, realism, causation, persistence through time, freedom, and existence.

Research Skills in Philosophy

Learn research skills - research methodology, project management and a dissertation workshop - as well as subject-specific skills in our philosophy research student seminar.

This module is divided into training on generic research skills, e.g. research methodology, project management, dissertation workshop, and subject-specific skills, developed through a philosophy research student seminar. The seminar combines discussions of metaphilosophy, students’ draft research proposals, and sessions on students’ work, with feedback on presentation skills.

Optional modules

Political Philosophy

Explore contributions to current debates on selected themes.

Logic and Language

This module provides detailed knowledge of some of the major trends in current philosophical logic and in philosophy of language.

Explores some key views of Frege, Russell and Kripke on meaning and reference, and presents the current state of debate as regards truth, theories of meaning, interpretation, and contextualism within the philosophy of language.

Mind and Psychology

Think critically about the nature of the mind, its relation to the body, and the philosophical implications of contemporary theories in cognitive and evolutionary psychology.

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the theoretical links between philosophy and psychology and will have knowledge of debates concerning consciousness, functionalism and the computer model of mind, mental causation, and other related topics.

Reason and Religion

Examine historical and contemporary topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of religious belief and language, and ideas of the afterlife.

This module focuses on a selection of key arguments about the existence and nature of the divine, and the implications of these for human life. It examines the work of philosophers from a range of religious traditions and none, and encourages an understanding of both historical debates and current developments in each topic. The module aims to cover most of the Philosophy of Religion topics from the AS and A2 Philosophy (AQA) syllabus for those with an interest in teaching AS/A2 Philosophy, although it is intended for anyone with an interest in studying the rationality of religious belief.