Philosophy MA (Honours) 2022 entry
The MA (Hons) in Philosophy will familiarise you with many of the views and arguments that are discussed in the philosophical tradition, including both historical and contemporary work. It will also provide you with the means of rationally and independently assessing arguments. Studying philosophy is about acquiring skills of criticism and analysis, of clear thinking and principled debate.
During your studies, you will explore some of the most fundamental questions that human beings have asked about their own existence and the world they inhabit. For example: what differentiates truth from falsehood, and reality from appearance? How can we acquire knowledge of the world, and what can prevent us from doing so? Are we really free in our decisions and actions, or is freedom an illusion? How should we behave toward others, and what could settle that question? What kind of structure would an ideal society have? You may also encounter more specific philosophical issues that arise in the world today, relating to matters as varied as climate change, artificial intelligence, social media ethics, and bioethics.
The Department of Philosophy was ranked first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the 2021 Times and Sunday Times UK Good University Guide as well as second in Complete University Guide 2022.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
Research in the Department was rated top in Scotland in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Philosophy as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
“I appreciate and value the combination of lectures, small tutorials and workshops. If we have any questions, we are actively encouraged to stop by our lecturer’s office to discuss these further. I have cherished every single moment of learning and interacting with the vibrant international community around me and hanging out with my friends.”
Sophia (Hong Kong)