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Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The new Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy is a part-time course in philosophy aimed at graduates. Taught over a series of two-day teaching weekends and supporting one-to-one supervisions, the course explores a range of philosophical topics, from Ancient Philosophy to Existentialism. The first unit examines the origins of our notions of truth and reality by exploring a key text from the ancient world. In the second unit, students will consider how these ideas developed in early modernity as scientific enquiry takes hold. In the third unit, students will grapple with Existentialism. Throughout, students will engage in one-to-one supervisions and will be asked to choose one element of the taught content to relate to a contemporary problem in modern life, such as Artificial Intelligence or post-truth politics.

This course is for anyone with an interest in Philosophy. More specifically, it will appeal to: Students who have taken the Institute’s Advanced Diploma (FHEQ level 6) courses. Students particularly interested in, amongst other things, the History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Existentialism and Continental Philosophy. Anyone wishing to improve their analytic, critical and creative thinking, or anyone wishing to progress to further postgraduate study in Philosophy.

Aims of the course: The Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy aims to: Provide students with specialist knowledge and understanding of philosophical ideas and concepts at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research; Enable students to acquire and develop the skills necessary to conduct critical analysis and evaluation at the highest levels; and Develop the student’s ability to analyse and evaluate different methods for conducting independent and collaborative research.

Tuition fees

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£ 6,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

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  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

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  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 51 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    193 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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