Analytic & Modern European Philosophy (MA)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Offers knowledge and expertise for further research, postgraduate vocational training or entry on to a variety of professional career paths.
- Preparation for further research in analytic and/or continental philosophy or as a stand-alone postgraduate qualification.
- Teaching is by seminars and discussion.
- Members of staff offer specialist courses and dissertation supervision in the fields of their research interests.
- Extensive library holdings of books, journals, and electronic sources.
- Regular research seminars with visiting speakers, and additional postgraduate research seminars.
This is a one year full-time or two-year part-time MA course which offers postgraduate teaching in topics in analytic and modern European philosophy, and emphasises the enhancement of skills relevant to advanced philosophical research.
The MA runs two seminars during the year: one in the autumn, one in the spring. A choice of six modules is offered: four home modules and two away modules. Each home module is associated with one of its home MA seminars. Each student chooses 4 modules to be assessed in. The rule for seminar attendance (which applies equally to full-time and part-time students) is that for each module a student chooses to be assessed in they must attend the seminar that the module in question is associated with. Each student will thus usually be required to attend both seminars of their MA and, if they choose to be assessed in an away module, they also attend the entire semester seminar of the other MA that the module in question is associated with.
Full-time students take two modules per semester, part-time students take one. Modules are to be chosen from this list:
- Analytic Philosophy
- European Philosophy
- Agency and Responsibility
- Rationality and Normativity
- Philosophy of Mind
- Twentieth Century Philosophy of Language in the Two Traditions.
Each module is assessed by a 4000 word essay. In each case, students are provided with individual feedback tutorial discussion on a first draft of 3000 words.
- Analytic writing
- Discursive skills
- MA in philosophy is widely appreciated by employers as a rigorous degree proving the diligence and high level intellectual skills needed by demanding careers.
- MA in philosophy is a necessary preparation for progress in academic philosophy.
- Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Marie Curie Trust, University of London, Welsh Government.
While completing my final year of study for a BA in History of Ideas and Philosophy – also at Cardiff – it became clear that my deep personal interest in the subject was destined to far outlive my career as an undergraduate student. The opportunity to study the MA course on a part-time basis meant that I could pursue this interest within a structured framework, under the management and guidance of professional academics, while supporting myself financially with waged employment. I would thereafter achieve a further qualification to help improve my prospects within today’s highly competitive employment environment.
The lecturers have immense skill at conducting clear, concise and accessible seminars on advanced philosophical topics in a highly involved and stimulating manner. The lecturers, as well as administration staff, have always been courteous, friendly, respectful, and understanding and sympathetic towards individual circumstances and needs. They have always been readily available by way of personal contact, telephone, or email.
In short, my years of study for an MA in Analytic and Modern European Philosophy at Cardiff University have been of the utmost personal and academic value, with great benefit for future career prospects.
Tom Constant, Analytic & Modern European Philosophy MA alumnus
Applicants from the United Kingdom will normally be expected to have a degree in Philosophy or Religious Studies, either Single Honours or Joint Honours, at least at 2.1 level. Applicants with degrees in related disciplines may also be considered. Applicants from abroad should have an equivalent qualification or period of study.
Additional experience may, in appropriate cases, compensate for a degree result below 2.1. Applications from non-graduates eligible for entry under Cardiff University Regulations will also be considered.
Applicants will usually be asked to submit written work to be considered with their application.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September each year
Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office, Timothy Collins
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722