University of St Andrews

History of Philosophy MLitt

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 MLitt in the History of Philosophy focuses on the historical traditions of western philosophy, allowing students to study across a range of periods - from the classical period through to early analytic 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 St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report. Students can choose modules which best suit their interests, with topics ranging from the classical philosophy of Plato through to the work of contemporary philosophers. Supervisors at both St Andrews and Stirling are available to oversee the MLitt dissertation.

· Who is it intended for?

Recent graduates in Philosophy have found openings in: local government television production (Sky Sports) the National Health Service the Co-operative Bank insurance the Crown Prosecution Service publishing teaching English in Japan.

· Requirements

A very strong 2.1 Honours degree in or including Philosophy. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, you may be interested in the Conversion in Philosophy. 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

History of Philosophy
Classical Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Analytic Philosophy
Basic Logic

Course programme

Compulsory Modules

Students must take three compulsory modules over the course of the programme.

Semester 1 – these two compulsory modules are taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional cost.

  • Current Issues in Philosophy 1: focuses on epistemology and ethics.
  • Research Methods: aims to foster the range of skills required for independent research in Philosophy. Students may choose to join a seminar group most related to their interests.

Semester 2

  • Current Issues in Philosophy 2: examines philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.
Optional modules

You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of modules which focus on the history of philosophy. These modules may include:

  • Classical Philosophy
  • Kant
  • Moral and Political Philosophy in the 19th Century
  • Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Texts in the History of Political Philosophy.

If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of logic, or if you have limited prior experience in this area, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, held throughout the year.

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).


The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000-word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of Philosophy you are interested in; you will be encouraged to start considering a topic for the dissertation during Semester 2. Each student is supported through their dissertation by a relevant supervisor from the Department.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.

Additional information

One year full time or two years part time

Overseas: £18,480

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