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Department of Philosophy

Taught MA in Philosophy at Durham

This one-year MA (two years part-time) provides an ideal academic environment for those who would like to study philosophy at a higher level. It is also excellent preparation for a Ph.D, and many of our MA students go on to further study.


This programme provides deep training in philosophical skills such as critical analysis, which are attractive to employers and linked to higher salaries.


Each year, there is a very broad choice of taught modules to choose from, which are taught via group seminars and one-to-one tutorials. Our staff members have expertise in a very wide range of research areas, so there is also considerable freedom over choice of dissertation topic. In addition to these modules, there are MA student-led work-in-progress seminars.



You may pursue our MA with a Research Focus on Science, Medicine and Society.


MA students also benefit from a range of other activities in the department, including the department’s postgraduate philosophy society (EIDOS), weekly research seminars and reading groups, and occasional conferences, workshops and Royal Institute of Philosophy lectures.


The programme director Dr Ben Smith, and deputy director Dr Sara Uckelman are in contact with students throughout the year, and are always available to discuss any issues which might arise.



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