Department of Philosophy

Philosophy postgraduate degrees (MA)

Why study a masters at Nottingham?

The Department of Philosophy is a centre of research excellence. We have a lively and successful postgraduate programme, with students working on a range of projects that reflect the department's areas of expertise. 

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Teaching and learning

Our small group teaching draws directly on the extensive and world-leading research expertise of staff within the department.

You can choose your own pathway through the course, by selecting modules from a choice of aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, meta-ethics, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, all of which will assist you to develop sophisticated analytical skills. 

As well as the taught course programme of lectures and seminars, masters students are required to undertake significant amounts of independent study, supported by tutorial and feedback sessions.

You will also be encouraged to engage with our vibrant research culture, and undertake a dissertation which will enable you to pursue in depth a research question of their choice.

Philosophy students are also invited to undertake up to two professional development modules which allow you to apply your specialist masters training in a careers context.

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space.

Key spaces for Philosophy students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to Philosophy students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals.

In addition, academic staff in the Department of Philosophy have contributed teaching and learning content to a range of online resources including the Think a Minute and Philosophy File videos and the Think About It blog


Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate philosophy students


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  • Nottingham Students Union
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View our masters courses in the postgraduate online prospectus

Philosophy MA

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