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MA Philosophy and Greek

UCAS code: QV75

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing MA Philosophy and Greek

Philosophy

Philosophy has been at the core of Western intellectual life for at least 2,500 years. It is central to our understanding of the world and our interaction with it.

Philosophy gives you the skills to think about great philosophical questions in a clear and systematic way.

While there are different approaches that philosophers have taken, the study of philosophy focuses on:

  • argument
  • critical enquiry
  • rigour in reasoning
  • clarity of expression, including making important distinctions

Philosophy at Edinburgh

The University has a strong historic connection to the subject, counting Adam Ferguson and Sir William Hamilton among its former students.

Edinburgh has one of the UK’s largest philosophy departments and the Philosophy Society attracts high-profile speakers.

The programme covers the basics of Western philosophy and offers the opportunity to specialise in your areas of interest.

Greek

Ancient Greek is the language used for many of the basic concepts of western society. Ancient Greek culture and thought are at the root of many strands of modern thinking in Europe and beyond.

You will study ancient Greek language and literature, through courses that explore its relevance in the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine world.

Studying Philosophy and Greek

This joint programme gives you in-depth knowledge in both subject areas, and the opportunity to specialise in the topics that interest you most.

Year 1

Philosophy

In Years 1 and 2, you will take courses that introduce you to the main areas of philosophy. This will include courses in the following areas:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science

Greek

You will also take either Greek 1A and 1B, or Greek 1C and 1D, depending on your prior knowledge.

These courses will introduce you to Greek morphology and syntax, or develop your Greek knowledge with linguistic and literary understanding.

Option courses

You will complete your Year 1 studies with an option course chosen from a wide range of courses.

You can also choose to take one of following courses:

  • The Greek World 1A
  • The Greek World 1B

Year 2

Philosophy

You will continue to take courses in the main areas of Philosophy listed in the Study Year 1 section.

Greek

You will also take Greek 2A and Greek 2B, which should continue to develop your linguistic and literary understanding of the area.

Option courses

You can also take courses in other subjects, such as sociology and politics.

Year 3

Greek

You will take Greek Language and develop skills in:

  • prose
  • rhetoric
  • metre
  • textual criticism

You will also start to specialise, choosing courses from a range linked to our areas of expertise. These might include Greek:

  • poetry
  • prose
  • comedy
  • tragedy
  • philosophy

Philosophy

In philosophy, courses are linked to topics across the major areas of the subject, including:

  • language, cognition and science
  • morality and value
  • knowledge and reality
  • history of philosophy

Year 4

You will choose another four to six courses from the wide variety available.

You will also complete either of the following:

  • an independent dissertation on a philosophy or Greek topic of your choice
  • a coursework dissertation through two extended essays in philosophy

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2024/25)

Our facilities

Most teaching takes place at the University's Central Area. You can use all the University's libraries and computing facilities.

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Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a mix of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials

In Years 1 and 2, philosophy courses are taught through lectures and tutorials.

In Years 3 and 4, philosophy courses are taught through seminars and tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework and exams.

In Year 4, you will also complete either of the following

  • an independent dissertation on a topic of your choice
  • a coursework dissertation through two extended essays

The philosophy courses you study during your programme give you analytical and critical-thinking skills that are valued by employers.

Past graduates have gone on to work in:

  • education
  • commerce
  • journalism
  • finance
  • law
  • computing

Some graduates also choose to continue with their studies through research or an academic career.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB by end of S5 or AAAA by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6 (Revised 19/04/2024 to lower entry requirements from AAAA, preferred by S5.)
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • GCSE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate at C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 65 with at least 54 in each component. We do not accept PTE Academic Online.*

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start of the month in which the degree you are applying to study begins. If you are using an IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE test, it must be no more than two years old on the first of the month in which the degree begins, regardless of your nationality.

English language requirements

(*Revised 24 May 2024 to change PTE Academic requirement from total 62 with at least 54 in each component, and to clarify that we do not accept PTE Academic online.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Philosophy and Greek

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding