Structure and duration

Available courses and how long it takes to complete the programme

Programme structure

Students on this programme are offered core courses in philosophical methodology and in the areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. There are advanced option courses available in epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and also an option course in philosophy of science. Students will thus gain a broad foundation in the research methods used within philosophy, and also a deep knowledge of the central philosophical areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Students taking the full MSc degree will write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic under the close supervision of faculty teaching on the programme.

You can earn a postgraduate certificate (three courses), a postgraduate diploma (six courses), or an MSc degree (six courses plus the dissertation) by completing courses on this programme.

Further information about programme structure

MSc full-time / part-time

PG Diploma full-time / part-time

PG Certificate

Programme duration

The Epistemology, Ethics and Mind degree programme is available on both a part-time and a full-time basis. For the full-time programme, the completion times are fixed, and are as follows:

  • PG Diploma (full-time): 9 months
  • MSc (full-time): 1 year

In contrast, the part-time programme is structured to be as flexible as possible in duration, allowing you to choose the speed of your study to suit your other commitments. The following indicates the minimum and maximum amount of time to attain each qualification:

  • PG Certificate (part-time): 1 - 2 years
  • PG Diploma (part-time): 2 - 4 years
  • MSc (part-time): 2 - 6 years

Starting in January

Part-time students may commence their studies in either September or January. Please note that 'Introduction to Philosophical Methods' is a mandatory course if you are coming to philosophy from a closely related discipline, but do not have a strong academic background in philosophy. As this course currently only runs in semester one, those who are required to take it will only be eligible for a September start.

Full-time students must commence their studies in September.

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