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Philosophy MA (Hons)

The MA Hons in Philosophy provides you with an outstanding grounding in rigorous thinking and principled debate and develops your ability to assess arguments independently.

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Course type Undergraduate; leading to a Master of Arts with Honours
Course duration 4 years; full-time
Entry requirements
Highers AABB
A-Levels AAB
IB points 35
Other qualifications See international entry requirements

You must also meet the Faculty of Arts minimum qualifications:

  • English at Standard Grade (grade B), GCSE (grade B), International Baccalaureate (Standard IB Level), or equivalent English language qualification.
  • Mathematics at Standard Grade (grade B), GCSE (grade B), International Baccalaureate (Standard IB Level), or equivalent.

A language other than English at Standard Grade (grade B), GCSE (grade B), International Baccalaureate (Standard IB Level), or equivalent is strongly recommended.

Note you do not need to have previous knowledge of philosophy.

Tuition fees
Home (Scotland and EU) £1,820
RUK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) £9,000
Overseas (rest of the world) £17,040

See information on Fee status if you are unsure which fee category applies to you.

Scholarships The University offers a number of scholarships to undergraduate students, including up to four entrance bursaries, worth £500, to students in Philosophy who are from Scotland. Find out more about undergraduate scholarships.
Application deadline

Deadlines for UCAS application

15 October for Home fee applicants also applying to Oxford or Cambridge.
15 January for all other Home fee applicants.
30 June for Overseas fee applications.

Deadlines for Common Application or direct application »

1 May for Common Application and direct application

All forms and supplementary information should be submitted by this date. The University may accept applications after this date, although this decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please be advised that whilst late applications may be considered, places at the University fill up quickly and it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible. We normally receive the bulk of applications between September and February each year.

UCAS code V500

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“Studying at St Andrews gives you the opportunity to work with leading practitioners in an environment that naturally inspires philosophical study.”

Teaching format

Philosophy modules are taught through a combination of formal lectures (attended by up to 220 students) and small group tutorials (between 7 and 9 students). All first and second year Philosophy modules are assessed by coursework and written examinations, with each component worth 50% of the overall module grade. This pattern is continued in the majority of third and fourth year modules, with some exceptions which are assessed solely by coursework.

In the first two years of your degree, you will take the required modules in Philosophy alongside modules in two other subjects. Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system. 

In your first year, you will have the option to take modules including:

  • Mind and World: an introduction to philosophical issues in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
  • Moral and Political Controversies: fundamental questions and problems in moral philosophy  and in political philosophy.
  • Reasoning: the essential concepts and techniques of critical reasoning, formal propositional logic, and basic predicate logic.
  • The Enlightenment: an introduction to central figures, works and ideas of the period of the European Enlightenment (roughly 1700-1800) and its legacy.

Second year students may take further modules such as:

  • Intermediate Logic: a further development of the understanding of formal logic by the study of a broad array of systems of logic.
  • Foundations of Western Philosophy: an introduction to central figures, texts and ideas of the period of Ancient Philosophy. Classical Greek philosophy – specifically the works of Plato and Aristotle – will be a focus of the module.
  • Meaning and Knowing: This module aims to provide a comprehensive foundation in both epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and the philosophy of language.
  • Moral and Aesthetic Value: examining moral values, aesthetic values, and the relationship between them.

If you choose to take Philosophy in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including topics in epistemology (the study of knowledge), metaphysics, formal logic, the philosophies of logic, mind, and language, applied ethics, ethical and political theory, metaethics, aesthetics, and the philosophies of film, creativity, law, and religion, as well as texts in the history of philosophy, such as Scottish philosophy, Kant, or twentieth-century philosophy.

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Department of Philosophy
Edgecliffe
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AR

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2486
Email: philosophy@st-andrews.ac.uk

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