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Philosophy (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

The Philosophy MA will give you: 

  • a firm grounding for advanced work in philosophy (either at the master's level or in preparation for a PhD)

  • thorough training in research skills 

  • the opportunity to choose which areas of philosophy you'd like to focus on 

You can explore a range of exciting topics with current relevance, such as:  

  • aesthetics 

  • animal ethics 

  • ethics of climate change 

  • philosophy of sex 

  • the philosophical implications of AI 

You can also focus on cutting-edge work in: 

  • history of philosophy (Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein, in particular) 

  • theory of knowledge 

  • philosophy of religion 

  • philosophy of mind and language 

  • metaphysics

In REF2021, Southampton was ranked 6th in the UK for our research and joint 1st for the impact of our research.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Your course leader is Aaron Ridley, Professor of Philosophy. His research interests include aesthetics, particularly the philosophy of music, and Nietzsche. Read Professor Ridley’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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