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Philosophy has been taught at Aberdeen since King's College was founded in 1495. Many distinguished philosophers have taught here, including Thomas Reid, the founder and leading member of the eighteenth-century Scottish school of Common Sense Philosophy, who had a European reputation in his own lifetime and now is studied throughout the world and Alexander Bain, in the late nineteenth century, whose studies in the philosophy of mind helped to lay the foundations for modern scientific psychology. The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy is still at the centre of the Old Aberdeen campus, attractively situated beside the ancient chapel, the location of the tomb of the Founder of the University, Bishop Elphinstone. Philosophical disciplines such as logic, epistemology, philosophy of language and mind, ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and aesthetics have been represented in Aberdeen throughout the last five hundred years, and the current department continues to make its contribution to this longstanding tradition. The M Litt is an in-depth degree course, introducing students to advanced studies in Philosophy and also preparing them for an eventual further research degree. It offers a rigorous academic programme in Philosophy designed to equip students with the competencies and insights required for doctoral level research. It is open to individuals whose prior knowledge and experience is in other disciplines, but who have interests in Philosophy and are looking for a crash course to introduce them to its concerns and methodologies and equip them for effective work in different contexts. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The degree of M Litt in Philosophy comprises: Two research training courses: Research methods in Philosophy Dissertation colloquium, which is a skills-based workshop leading to the writing of a dissertation Five further course units, including three required courses: Advanced Topics in Formal and Philosophical Logic Truth and Knowledge: Contemporary Issues Advanced Topics in Practical Philosophy Two further courses, chosen (by the candidate, with the agreement of the programme co-ordinator) from any of the other courses offered at Master?s level in the College of Arts and Social Sciences. A dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic of the student?s choice (in consultation with a supervisor). Students who do not write a dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Philosophy. ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS Applicants will normally have an upper second-class honours degree or its equivalent with Philosophy as a major component. Students whose mother tongue is not English also require IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 (computer-based TOEFL 238) with TWE 4.5, or equivalent as a condition of entry.

Philosophy has been taught at Aberdeen since King's College was founded in 1495. Many distinguished philosophers have taught here, including Thomas Reid, the founder and leading member of the eighteenth-century Scottish school of Common Sense Philosophy, who had a European reputation in his own lifetime and now is studied throughout the world and Alexander Bain, in the late nineteenth century,...

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