Students must take the following compulsory modules over the course of the programme.
- Research Methods: aims to foster the range of skills required for independent research in Philosophy. Students may choose to join a seminar group most related to their interests.
This module is taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional cost.
You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from all of the postgraduate Philosophy modules across the Department. These modules may include some of the following:
- Classical Philosophy
- Current Issues in Philosophy 1
- Current Issues in Philosophy 2
- Introduction to Formal Epistemology
- Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology
- Moral and Political Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century
- Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Law
- Philosophy of Logic
- Philosophy of Mind
- Political Philosophy
- Texts in Contemporary Metaphysics
- Texts in the History of Political Philosophy
- Topics in Recent Moral Theory
If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of logic, or if you have limited prior experience in this area, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, held throughout the year.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students. See the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final element of the MLitt is an 8,000 to 10,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of philosophy you are interested in. You will be encouraged to start considering a topic for the dissertation during Semester 2. All students are supported for their dissertation by a relevant supervisor from St Andrews or Stirling.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.