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Philosophy, MA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MAFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 7250 per totalGBP 17500 per total
MAPart-time24 monthsSeptemberGBP 7250 per totalGBP 17500 per total

About Philosophy, MA - at University of Leeds

Philosophy tackles some of the deepest and most complex questions about humanity and its place in the world. This programme will allow you to study the key debates, trends and approaches in different areas of philosophy while improving your skills in research and critical analysis.

Core modules will give you an overview of different topics in analytic philosophy, from philosophy of mind, religion, language and science to epistemology, ethics, aesthetics and metaphysics. You'll also choose from a variety of modules specialising in the areas and topics that interest you the most.

You'll be supported by active researchers in a stimulating environment based around our six research centres, with access to excellent library resources covering a broad span of subjects. It's an excellent opportunity to gain diverse skills for a wide range of careers, as well as further study.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

  • Course content

    Throughout the course you'll take two core modules introducing you to different topics, approaches and methods in areas of analytic philosophy. You'll explore current and historical debates in subfields including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, ethics, metaethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science— all while improving your skills in research and critical thinking.

    From this foundation, you'll build specialist knowledge in areas that particularly interest you with your choice of optional modules. You can take an upper-level undergraduate module (with boosted assessment requirements) to fill gaps in your background knowledge, sign up for an independent study, or choose from several MA modules the School has to offer.

    You'll continue to specialise when you complete your dissertation - an independent research project on a topic of your choice that allows you to showcase the skills and knowledge you've gained. You can choose to swap one of your optional modules to extend your dissertation if you want to go into even more depth.

    If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    You'll study three compulsory modules including your dissertation, as well as a single optional module. If you choose the standard dissertation (60 credits) rather than the extended dissertation (90 credits), you can take a further optional module.

    • Analytic Philosophy A 30 credits
    • Analytic Philosophy B 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Special Options in Philosophy A 30 credits
    • Independent Study A 30 credits
    • Independent Study B 30 credits
    • Special Options in Philosophy B 30 credits
    • Topics in the Philosophy of Physics 30 credits
    • Science and Religion Historically Considered 30 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Realism and Representation in Science 30 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Metaphysics of Science 30 credits
    • Philosophy of Science: Classic Debates & Current Trends 30 credits
    • Metaphysical Issues in Philosophy of Religion 30 credits
    • Contemporary Readings in Philosophy of Religion 30 credits
    • Sin, Public Discourse and Public Life 30 credits
    • Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender 30 credits
    • Religion, Society and Public Life 30 credits
    • Theology and Public Life 30 credits
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    For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy MA Full Time in the course catalogue

    For more information on typical modules, read Philosophy MA Part Time in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, where you can discuss the issues arising from your reading with fellow students and your tutor. You'll also have one-to-one supervisions while you work on your dissertation. Independent study is also an important element of the programme, allowing you to develop your skills and pursue your own interests more closely.


    We use different forms of assessment, including essays, seminar participation and your dissertation.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a high 2:1 (Hons) in Philosophy or a related subject.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    • Apply (Full time)
    • Apply (Part time)

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you need

    Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you're still studying.

    Two academic references.

    A sample of your written work (2,000-3,000 words) on a topic relevant to the programme. All samples must be typed and in English.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: £7,250 (total)

    International: £17,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    This programme will equip you with a range of in-depth subject knowledge, but it will allow you to develop high-level skills in research, analysis, interpretation and communication.

    All of these qualities are valuable to a range of employers across sectors and industries, and we're proud of our record in preparing postgraduates for their careers after graduation. They've gone into roles such as teaching, consultancy, business management, administration, accountancy, law, journalism and the civil service among others.

    Many of our graduates also progress to further study, and ultimately pursue academic careers.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    History and Philosophy of Science MA
    History of Science, Technology and Medicine MA
    Philosophy of Religion and Ethics MA
    Philosophy of Science MA
  • Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Philosophy or a related subject.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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