Philosophy (MLitt) 2020 entry
Philosophy is a highly interdisciplinary subject that examines and attempts to answer questions raised by human life and action, by natural science, by the study of art and literature, by the nature of language and communication, and by history.
The MLitt in Philosophy offers the opportunity to study a wide range of topics within the discipline in order to broaden your understanding and investigate different research topics.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time or two years part time
- A very strong 2.1 Honours degree in or including philosophy. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in philosophy, you may be interested in the Conversion in Philosophy.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
1 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- personal statement (optional)
- sample of academic written work (2,500 words maximum)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Students must take three compulsory modules over the course of the programme.
These two modules are taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional cost.
- Current Issues in Philosophy 1: focuses on epistemology and ethics.
- 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.
- Current Issues in Philosophy 2: explores philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.
You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from all of the postgraduate Philosophy modules across the Department. These modules may include:
- Classical Philosophy
- Introduction to Formal Epistemology
- Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology
- Moral and Political Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century
- Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Logic
- Philosophy of Law
- 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 some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-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.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.