University of St Andrews

Conversion in Philosophy GradDip

University of St Andrews
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Typology Postgraduate
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 2 Years
  • Postgraduate
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    2 Years

The Conversion Diploma in Philosophy is for those who wish to pursue the study of philosophy at postgraduate level but have studied little or no philosophy in their undergraduate degree. It builds a firm foundation for those looking to undertake research in philosophy.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. The Stirling and St Andrews Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report. Students can choose from a number of optional modules with a focus on philosophy.

· Requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Applicants who have not met the required 2.1 standard may still apply but will be required to submit a writing sample in support of their application. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements. English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

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What you'll learn on the course

Advanced Logic
Classical Philosophy
Contemporary Epistemology
Mediaeval Philosophy
Philosophy of religion
Political Philosophy

Course programme


Students take at least one of the following two modules:

  • Reading Philosophy 1: Texts in Language, Logic, Mind, Epistemology, Metaphysics and Science: close study of philosophical texts – historical and contemporary – that address a variety of topics within metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophies of logic and language, mind and science.
  • Reading Philosophy 2: Texts in Ethics, Metaethics, Religion, Aesthetics, and Political Philosophy: close study of philosophical texts – historical and contemporary – that address a variety of topics within ethics, metaethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion and political philosophy.

Students must also take at least one senior Honours (4000-level) Philosophy module. You can find the full list of 4000-level Philosophy modules in the module catalogue.


Students on the Diploma may choose to take their remaining credits from Philosophy modules offered at any undergraduate level.

Some of the Honours optional modules offered in previous years include:

  • Advanced Logic
  • Animals, Minds and Language
  • Classical Philosophy
  • Contemporary Epistemology
  • Contemporary Moral Theory
  • Contemporary Philosophy of Language
  • Mediaeval Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Philosophy of Perception
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Philosophy in the Age of Revolutions.

If you wish to gain an understanding of logic, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, held throughout the year. This is a non-credit course for postgraduate students.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University's position on curriculum development).

Additional information

Ten months full time; two years part time

Overseas: £18,480

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