Full-time students take three modules each semester. One is a faculty wide module and five are subject modules. Each semester there will be opportunities to sit in on third year modules that are paired with our MA modules with the exception of “Topics in Philosophy”.
This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list, and may be subject to change. Prospective applicants are welcome to consult the Philosophy Postgraduate Admissions Officer for more information.
This module will cover several topics focusing on work of seminal influence. You will be taught in a small seminar with an emphasis on developing the research and writing skills through smaller and more frequent assessments.
This module will cover topics in ethics such as:
- Normative ethical theories
- Applied moral problems
- Are ethical judgements the sorts of things that can be true or false?
- Can ethical judgements be justified? If so, how?
Social and Political Philosophy
This module will cover topics in social and political philosophy such as:
- Philosophy of law (including criminal justice)
- Global poverty
- Philosophy of social categories (including race and gender)
Mind and Metaphysics
This module will cover topics in the philosophy of mind and metaphysis such as:
- Causation and laws of nature
- Memory and perception
Knowledge and Language
This module will cover topics in epistemology and philosophy of language such as:
- Theories of knowledge
- Social epistemology
- Discourse about fictions
- Proper names
Non-subject specific modules
All students will take one of the following two modules:
Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts
This module enhances students’ research skills, to support engagement in high-level research on a disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and transdisciplinary basis. An array of research techniques and methodologies will be critically reviewed and students will develop skills in gathering research insights from a range of sources drawn from across the Faculty.
Arts in Society
This module is designed to encourage students to think about the broader context of the Arts: to appreciate, evaluate and communicate the value of the Arts beyond the academy. Students will engage with the practices and techniques required to produce advanced research and develop the skills to communicate this research to a variety of audiences.
Professional development modules
Depending on your course you will also have the option to select from a range of professional development modules.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.