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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

What our Students Say

“The M.A. in Philosophy at Durham University is fully committed to the value of philosophical pluralism, and it is this which made it stand out to me, when deciding where to undertake my postgraduate study. The programme enabled me to develop a mature understanding of my own research interests, and was the perfect intermediary between my bachelors and Ph.D. programmes.”

James William Hoctor (MA in Philosophy, 2014-15),

“I was drawn to the Philosophy MA at Durham by the wide range of modules available, covering many interesting elements of philosophy. I particularly enjoyed interacting with dedicated and interested students, as well as the freedom and satisfaction of exploring questions that mattered to me at a degree of depth that was so much greater than at undergraduate level.”

Marcus Ventin (MA in Philosophy, 2015-16)

“The two courses that I took in Business Ethics were extremely beneficial. They were two of the most practical courses that I took in regards to my future career aspirations. [The] incorporation of case studies allowed me to better understand the content and ethical issues that might arise in business. I found that I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge by participating in each of these classes. ... Each student that I spoke with seemed to truly love his two business ethics modules due to his enhanced knowledge on not just business ethics, but business as a whole. [These courses have] given me an extremely knowledgeable foundation to build upon for my future career in business.”

MA Philosophy 2016

“Completing the taught MA in Philosophy in Durham has proven tremendously valuable to me. I began a professional career after finishing the MA and have often benefited from the rigorous approach to thinking that is emphasized on the programme. The programme teaches both independent and collaborative learning and focuses on developing critical faculties. All of which has stood me in good stead in my chosen career. The course was stimulating and engaging; led by expert staff, with a broad and well-designed syllabus and with highly motivated peers. I recommend it.”

Daniel − Solicitor, top-5 law firm (Philosophy MA 2007−08)