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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Covering analytic, continental, and empirical varieties of philosophy, our MA Philosophy will provide you with an understanding of the breadth of the discipline, reflecting the full range of our internationally recognised research strengths. As a graduate of this programme, you will be experienced in addressing difficult questions creatively, critically, and collegially.

This degree programme will develop your knowledge of philosophical issues and techniques, your independent and collaborative research skills, and your ability to communicate complex and controversial ideas in a professional manner.

We will equip you with the skills to draw together and explore issues in epistemology, moral philosophy, and philosophy of mind, and to examine the interactions between them. You will benefit from small group teaching with an emphasis on peer-to-peer discussion, led by philosophers who are internationally recognised for their work in the module areas.

You will gain a solid foundation in the discipline and explore the varieties of philosophical argumentation, critical analysis, and writing styles, through analyses of landmark works in the history of philosophy. You will receive comprehensive training in key skills for a successful research career in academia or in other careers that involve comparable research projects.

The dissertation is an independent research project supported by regular supervision meetings and preceded by training in designing and completing this project. You will able to write your dissertation on any topic in philosophy that can be supervised by our staff.

Embedded in a strong and supportive research community, you will be encouraged to participate in our weekly Royal Institute of Philosophy visiting speaker programme, our postgraduate work-in-progress seminars, the annual Welsh Philosophy Conference at Gregynog Hall, and our reading groups, workshops, and conferences throughout the year.

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University information

Cardiff University

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    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff has over 8,500 international students from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global university with formal links and partnerships with more than 200 institutions worldwide.
The university's culture encourages international exchanges and collaborations.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 52 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    134 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%



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