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Philosophy (MRes)

Our Philosophy (MRes) programme is a distance-learning course. It consists of 60 credits worth of taught modules and a dissertation of 120 credits, equivalent to 30,000 words.

The programme services the needs of philosophy graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of philosophy and develop a detailed research project.

Students can choose from a range of modules covering a variety of different themes and specialist areas, as well as work one-to-one with a supervisor to develop their own dissertation project.

Request Information
Contact Email: a.slater@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Angus M Slater

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home: £7,500
Overseas (distance/online): £10,000
Fees are for the whole course.

Why choose this course?

  1. The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years
  2. Staff are research active and regularly attend academic conferences.
  3. Study cutting edge areas of academic interest
  4. The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure the student experience a high quality educational experience.

What you will learn

Course Overview

By focusing on such areas of Philosophy, the Philosophy (MRes) services the needs of graduates who wish to build upon their first degree in Philosophy or a cognate discipline, e.g. as preparation for a research degree.

The programme also meets the needs of teachers of A-level Philosophy, in that its modules overlap core parts of the A-level Philosophy curriculum, such as Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, and History of Philosophy (covered in the module The Philosophy of Philosophy).

However Philosophy (MRes) is sufficiently broad in extent to be also suitable for anyone who is looking to broaden their acquaintance with, and understanding of, philosophy as it is practiced in the English speaking world today.

In Part 1 of the course students complete two taught modules (60 credits).

  • One is the compulsory module HPPH7010 Knowledge, Reason, and Reality.
  • The second taught module can be chosen from among a range of philosophical modules or modules from cognate disciplines.

Modules are built around the research specialism of our academic staff, all of whom are research active and published in their respective fields of expertise.

In Part 2, students write a research dissertation of 25,000-30,000 words valued at 120 credits.

Module Topics

Moral Philosophy (30 Credits)

This module will provide students with a systematic and critically understanding of key debates in moral philosophy, including utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, virtue ethics and key debates in metaethics. 

Knowledge, Reason, and Reality (30 Credits)

The module will undertake an in-depth exploration of the main issues, positions and arguments in the theory of knowledge. The topics to be studied include, the development of epistemology from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present day; the definition of ‘knowledge’ and the very possibility of knowledge, and our presumption that we are able to possess it.

Mind and Body: Descartes and Wittgenstein (30 Credits)

This module focuses on various understandings, advanced in the Western philosophical tradition, of mind, body, and the relation between the two. It focuses on the contrasting philosophies of Descartes and Wittgenstein.

Applied Ethics (30 Credits)

This module will undertake an in-depth investigation of some of the central issues in contemporary applied ethics. The module will also provide a detailed examination of traditional moral theory through their application to issues in applied ethics.

The Self: East and West (30 Credits)

This module focuses on the idea of the identity of the self over time as this has been treated in both Western (sections 1- 4) and Eastern philosophical traditions. The latter material will be uploaded towards the end of the study period for the former. (Probably around the end of March.) If you would like guidance on preparatory reading for the second half of the module do ask.

Environmental Philosophy (30 Credits)

This module explores key perspectives in the area of environmental philosophy, including, normative stances in environmental ethics; ethical approaches to climate change; the concept of sustainable development; obligations to future generations; global citizenship and international co-operation and allegiances and divergences between animal ethics and environmental ethics.

*Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see “Important Legal Information” on page X and visit the University’s Terms and Conditions at www.uwtsd.ac.uk/apply/terms.”


The programme is delivered via distance learning. There is no requirement to visit our campus, although you are always welcome to do so. The programme consists of online lectures, discussion forums and one-to-one tutorials.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

An honours degree (2:1 or above) in a cognate discipline or an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience.

Career Opportunities

The programme will help students to develop skills that are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to: analyse complex information in a critical manner; present clear and coherent arguments; present complex information in a clear manner.

More particularly, the programme will attract students who are looking to take up future employment opportunities, or are already in employment, in areas or sectors where an understanding of philosophical issues will be of benefit.

This may include voluntary workers, teachers and trainers, academics, community and government-based agencies and projects, intercultural, multi-faith networks dedicated to building community relations, reconciliation and reconstruction schemes with various global agencies and disaster relief bodies.

Additional Costs

Estimates are on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.
Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.