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 lectures and seminars that are paired with our MA modules with the exception of “Philosophical Topics”.
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
Professional Development modules
All students will take one of the following two modules:
Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts
This module builds on the research skills that students will have already developed during their undergraduate degrees and on discipline-specific MA modules. The emphasis in this module is both on ensuring students are possessed of a whole range of practical ways to approach research, and on making students think about the nature of their discipline-specific approaches within a context of growing interdisciplinarity. Students will have the chance to consider topics as varied as academic publishing, digital transformations, and the use of illustrations in dissertations. They will also have the opportunity to hear academics from across the Faculty talk about the problems they have confronted and how they overcame them. The module's primary goal is to engender both confidence in dealing with original research, and a recognition of the huge range of approaches that can be used to address research questions.
Arts in Society
The aim of the module is to prepare students for applying their arts MA across society to enhance their careers and to contribute to wider society. It will demonstrate how the arts can be used to transform society, politics and culture but also to enhance the careers of arts and humanities MA students. Students will be able to explore, explain and then detail how their disciplinary skills can impact upon wider issues to emphasise the applicability of the arts and humanities. From the role of the scholar activist to understanding ‘knowledge transfer’ and ‘public engagement’, the module will support the development of professional skills in preparation for careers within academia or across a range of employment sectors. Students will harness the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to think differently and to innovate. As such, students will be able to work on issues of research, networking, grant-writing and cultural exchange. Students will also learn how to engage, communicate and create.
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.