The MLitt in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy is a one year taught programme run by the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught by staff from both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. The programme consists of six taught modules taken over two semesters (each assessed by coursework) a 15,000 word dissertation in an area of your choice.
Every MLitt student is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the year. Your advisor will provide you with individual guidance on essay planning and writing, academic conduct, and advice on how best to apply for a PhD place.
All students taking a Philosophy MLitt must take three core modules over the course of the programme. These are:
- Current issues in philosophy 1 (semester 1) – focusing on ethics and philosophy of language.
- Research methods (semester 1) – aiming to foster the range of skills required for independent research in philosophy.
- Current issues in philosophy 2 (semester 2) – focusing on epistemology and philosophy of mind.
In Semester 1 the two core modules (Current issues in philosophy 1 and Research methods) will be taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will be organised to take you to and from Stirling.
You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of courses which focus on moral, political or legal philosophy. These module include:
- Legal philosophy
- Moral and political philosophy of the 19th century
- Political philosophy
- Political philosophy in the age of revolutions
- Topics in recent moral theory
- Twentieth century philosophers
All optional modules are taught in St Andrews.
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 disseration during semester 2. Each student is supported through their disseration by a relevant supervisor from the Philosophy department.
Part time studies
The MLitt in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy can also be taken as a part time programme. Students will be expected to take three modules per year over two years, before completing the dissertation. For more information about part time study, please contact the SASP secretary