Philosophy MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent in a suitable subject; many subjects are acceptable here, Philosophy, Law, Politics, Sociology, Humanities, Science and Maths subjects.
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This degree gives you access to the very wide range of philosophical topics and expertise available in the Department. It's an excellent preparation for research in philosophy, as well as being an attractive postgraduate course in itself. 

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The programme is specifically designed to equip students with the competence and understanding needed to pursue philosophical research, while also acquiring skills that are valued by a broad range of employers. Teaching is focussed on two main seminar modules, Religion, Ethics and Practical Philosophy and Metaphysics, Language and Mind. In addition, students choose three elective modules from across philosophy and the School of the Arts. All students write a dissertation—an extended piece of independent research conducted under the guidance of an academic expert. MA students are actively encouraged to participate in the research activities of the Department and to take advantage of our programme of world-renowned visiting speakers.

Jack Symes

I’ve made a lot of bad decisions (just ask my first wife) but enrolling in postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool wasn’t one of them. The MA in philosophy was one of the best, if not the best, year of my life. Why? The course gives you the freedom and scope to explore all of the central questions in philosophy. You can keep your reading wide and write essays on any topic of your choosing. Everybody in the department is always keen to talk through interesting ideas. With their support, along with lectures, seminars, and lively discussions in pubs and coffee shops, you’ll find it hard not to enjoy your studies and (if interested) find a topic for your PhD research.

Why Philosophy?

Be part of a city with a reputation for cultural achievement

With its impressive wealth of museum and galleries and its vibrant cultural scene, Liverpool is an ideal place to pursue a degree in aesthetic theory with opportunities to work hands-on in cultural institutions.

Experience the full breadth of our academics’ expertise

Our core teaching staff have expertise in political aesthetics, philosophy of museums and philosophy of film; we also partner with external instructors from the fields of curating and cultural management. The Department of Philosophy is internationally renowned for work in Philosophy of Art, Political Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy and other fields, as well as for our creative collaborations with cultural institutions.

We have a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city

The Department is home to a range of successful Knowledge Exchange and public engagement projects with cultural partners across Europe, placing it at the forefront of art-related research and its impact on the community.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 4th in the sector for research impact classified as outstanding (4*).