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PHILOSOPHY (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4175.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This uniquely flexible programme offers postgraduate teaching in central aspects of Western philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition. The curriculum is research-led, with specialist modules taught by leading figures in their fields, and with a consistent focus on the fostering of intellectual curiosity and the development of independent thinking. The programme allows you to follow your own philosophical interests and provides a sound platform for those wishing to proceed to more advanced research work in philosophy.

The MA is open to those with a first degree in philosophy wishing to progress to more advanced levels of study and also to those without undergraduate training in philosophy. If you did not study philosophy as an undergraduate, you take a special route through the programme.

This uniquely flexible programme offers postgraduate teaching in central aspects of Western philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition. The curriculum is research-led, with specialist modules taught by leading figures in their fields, and with a consistent focus on the fostering of intellectual curiosity and the development of independent thinking. The programme allows you to follow your own...

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Course Content

The MA is designed to allow you to choose your own balance of depth and breadth in your coverage of different subject areas. You take:

  • any six option modules (see below for an indicative list of available options). Each option module consists of 10 lectures and 10 seminar sessions run by the lecturer, with set readings every week and assessment by a final essay.
  • Philosophical Research Methods: this compulsory module consists of 10 intensive two-hour seminar sessions focused on the close reading of philosophical texts.
  • Dissertation in Philosophy: this may be on any topic that falls within the competence of the Department. Once you are assigned a supervisor - usually an expert in your chosen field - you will have one initial meeting followed by up to three individual supervisions to discuss drafts of your work.

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • Philosophical Research Methods

'CONVERSION' MA COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Introduction to Philosophical Argument
  • Introduction to Philosophy

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Ancient Philosophy (level 7, 15 credits)
  • Aristotle's Biology and Ethics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Art and Value (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Berkeley and Leibniz
  • Epistemology (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Ethics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Evolution and Philosophy
  • Fiction and Language
  • Kant and German Idealism (level 7, 15 credits)
  • Metaethics: the foundations of morality and ethical thought (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Metaphysics (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Morality, Nature, and Evolution
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy and Gender (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy, Business and Society
  • Political Philosophy (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • Propositions and Other Intentional Objects (Level 7, 15 Credits)
  • Social Epistemology (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • The Idea of Freedom
  • The Philosophy of Nietzsche
  • The Philosophy of Spinoza (Level 7, 15 credits)
  • The Power of Art: Historical Themes (Level 7, 15 credits)

MA PHILOSOPHY DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation, MA Philosophy

OPTION MODULES

In order to provide maximum flexibility, half of our modules are taught during the evening and half during the day. Each year we flip the previous year's daytime modules to the evening and the evening modules to the daytime, thus ensuring that evening-only part-time students can access our full range of modules over two years.

The MA is designed to allow you to choose your own balance of depth and breadth in your coverage of different subject areas. You take: any six option modules (see below for an indicative list of available options). Each option module consists of 10 lectures and 10 seminar sessions run by the lecturer, with set readings every week and assessment by a final...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£8350.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4175.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree (or equivalent), not necessarily in philosophy, and a sample of written work prior to interview.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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