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Department of Philosophy

Taught MA in Philosophy at Durham

This one-year programme (two years part-time) provides an ideal academic environment for those who would like to study the subject at a higher level in preparation for a PhD or as a basis for future employment. Significant numbers of former students go on to further study.

The programme includes research training and allows you to write a substantial dissertation on a topic you wish to pursue at PhD level. Our staff members have expertise in a very wide range of research areas, so there is considerable flexibility over choice of dissertation topic.

Modules are taught via group seminars and one-to-one tutorials. There are also student-led work-in-progress seminars, which all MA students attend.


Should you wish to pursue our MA with a Research Focus on Science, Medicine and Society, further information can be found here.

MA students also can 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 remains in contact with students throughout the year and is always available to discuss any issues that might arise, whether personal or academic.


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