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  • Objectives
    This course will enable you to draw on your background in Philosophy to pursue the area of Metaphysics in greater depth and help you to make the transition from undergraduate study to research-based study. Although it is quite normal for students to stop at the MA stage, the course also serves as preparation for those intending to proceed to MPhil and PhD programmes, and has been designed to fit well with the current strategy of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to offer funding packages of 1+3 years.
  • Academic Title
    MA Metaphysics
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The independent Leiter report in philosophy now ranks our department in the top ten in Britain.
    -It is a centre of excellence in research and teaching and especially strong in the areas of metaphysics, mind and language, and the arts.
    -Most recent RAE rating was 5.
    -We are home to the major journal, Analysis, and staff members include editors of some of the world’s most renowned Philosophy titles, including Mind; Mind and Language; and Australasian Journal of Philosophy.
    -We were awarded an Excellent rating in the most recent Subject Review.

    Course Content
    You will take three core modules in:

    -Research Methods in Philosophy
    -Identity or The Problem of Universals
    -Truth and Meaning or Free Will and Action or Essentialism

    You will also be able to take a further module from a list covering a broad range of philosophical topics - reflecting the research interests of members of the Department - such as:

    -Art and the Mind
    -First-Person Thought
    -Directed reading
    -Normative Ethics

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    You will also complete a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to the approval of the Head of Department). This dissertation will account for a third of your MA and can be entirely tailored to reflect your interests and personal specialisms.

    Course Structure
    This course can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year (September to September) or part-time over 2 years.

    You will take 90 credits of compulsory modules and a further 30-credit module, before completing a 60-credit dissertation in your chosen specialism.

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