Philosophy MA (Hons) 2021 entry
The MA (Hons) in Philosophy will familiarise you with the views put forward by the principal figures of the philosophical tradition. 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 oldest and most complex questions asked by human beings from Greek antiquity to the present day. For example: what differentiates truth from falsehood, and reality from appearance? Are we really free in our decisions and actions, or is freedom an illusion? Are moral values objective, and if so in what sense? What justifies some in exercising power over others?
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% 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.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
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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)