About the programme

Does the mind work like a computer? Are there universal moral principles? What is the nature of knowledge, and how do I acquire it? How can moral responsibility be reconciled with a deterministic universe? Is truth the goal of inquiry? Is my mind in my head or can it extend beyond my skull and into the world? Are there such things as moral facts?

This online MSc in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind is a unique programme which provides a thorough grounding in contemporary philosophy, with a particular emphasis on those core research areas where Edinburgh has particular strengths: epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

This programme is unique in three ways:

  • The programme reflects the internationally renowned research in philosophy that is conducted at the University of Edinburgh. No other research-intensive Department of Philosophy anywhere in the world runs an online MSc programme which is focussed on these core areas of philosophy.
  • It is affiliated with the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn Research Centre, which hosts a number of large, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research projects across epistemology, ethics (especially meta-ethics), philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and philosophy of science. Eidyn's research will directly inform the teaching of the programme, ensuring that it is up to date with the latest developments in contemporary philosophy.
  • Its flexibility. You will be able to choose from a range of option courses to tailor your programme to develop your own specialised interest, under the expert guidance of our distinguished academics.

Eidyn Research Centre

The online nature of this programme allows you to undertake personal study, at times to suit you, to gain a world-class graduate qualification without the expense of relocating.

How is the programme taught?

This is an online only programme. It will be taught through a combination of short video lectures, web discussion boards, videoconferencing and online exercises. Students on the programme will have regular access to both faculty and dedicated teaching assistants, including one-to-one interactions. You will also interact with other students on the programme as part of a dedicated virtual learning environment.

Who is this programme for?

This programme would be an ideal foundation for further graduate work in Philosophy, providing a basis for research especially in the core areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. The programme would also be suitable for those who simply wish to gain an insight into cutting-edge topics in contemporary philosophy.

Admission is open to students with an upper second class or first class honours degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy. The programme will also be of interest to students from a range of disciplines closely related to Philosophy, such as Politics, Classics or Cognitive Science. Applications from strong students with these academic backgrounds will be given close consideration, and where admitted these students will be provided with additional training in philosophical methodology to enable them to prosper on this degree programme.

Technological requirements

In order to study on the programme you will require a reasonably up-to-date computer (of any type) and a reliable broadband internet connection which allows video streaming.

You will need a webcam and a set of headphones to take part in the online sessions.

More information on the technology used on the course

If you have any questions, please contact our Learning Technologist Simon Fokt.

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