Philosophy

Programme structure and assessment

You will gain a solid foundation in the core topics in science and religion, whilst specialisation in areas you wish to pursue in greater depth

There are four options depending on what best suits your needs, you can choose from the following:

  • The MSc either full-time (one year) or part-time (between two and six years).
  • The Diploma either full-time (9 months) or part time (between two and four years).
  • The Postgraduate Certificate part-time (between one and two years).
  • A single course (one semester).

Each course is worth 20 credits, and an MSc dissertation is worth 60 credits. The MSc, Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate involve taking a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits per semester. The MSc is worth 180 credits, the Diploma 120 credits, and the Postgraduate Certificate 60 credits.

There are two core courses:

  • Philosophy, Science and Religion 1: The Physical World
  • Philosophy, Science and Religion 2: Life and Mind

Option courses include:

  • History of Science and Religion
  • Mind, Matter, and Spirit
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Scripture

In addition, students are able to take option courses from the online MSc in Epistemology, Ethics & Mind:

  • Advanced Epistemology
  • Advanced Ethics
  • Advanced Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Students taking the full MSc will also write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic under the close supervision of faculty teaching on the programme.

The structure ensures that you gain a solid foundation in the core topics in science and religion, whilst allowing you to specialise in the areas you wish to pursue in greater depth.

This programme is taught through a combination of short video lectures, web discussion boards, video conferencing and online exercises, with regular one-to-one interaction with teaching staff and with other students.

As well as video lectures from our faculty, you will have access to seminars provided by renowned guest lecturers from around the world.

Each course involves a 2,500 word assessed essay; other forms of assessment, such as assessed discussion forums, quizzes, and short discussion papers, may also be used. Students taking the full MSc will also write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic under the close supervision of faculty teaching on the programme.

You will be supported in your work by faculty members and by dedicated teaching assistants. Our team of learning technologists will help you with any technological matters.

You can access all the learning facilities you need via our online learning environment known as ‘Learn’, and the University of Edinburgh’s student portal ‘MyEd’. Through these you will have access to video lectures, discussion forums, video conferencing, and electronic books and journals in the University of Edinburgh’s extensive online library.

Full programme structure