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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Combining a thorough grounding in philosophy at postgraduate level with an exceptional range of options, the MA Philosophy offers a unique opportunity for advanced work in the subject. Whether you are simply intending to build on your undergraduate studies or planning to pursue advanced research, this programme has been designed to meet your needs. The range of specialised modules reflects the broad spectrum of research interests represented by our philosophers. Following core modules devoted to central philosophical issues, you can choose from the wide range of specialised modules, as well as write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. This MA meets AHRC requirements to progress to MPhil/PhD research.

You will be assessed through essays and presentations which allow us to assess and provide feedback on the development of your capacity to interpret, analyse and criticise the philosophical texts, problems and positions under debate. Not only this but you will also be assessed through a dissertation over the summer. The 20,000 word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

Different course options

Full time | Avenue Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Medieval Philosophy
Topics in Contemporary Aesthetics
Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy
Topics in the History of Aesthetics
Classic Texts in Philosophy (Ct) 1 (Mind, Epistemology and Metaphysics) and 2 (Ethics and Value) Research Skills 1 and 2
Philosophy of Music
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy and Biography
Artificial Intelligence
Specialised Modules From: Art and Emotion
Philosophy of Religion
Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on Art
The Nature of Art
The Theory of Action
The Nature of Reasons

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a upper 2nd Class Honours degree in Philosophy or a relevant subject.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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