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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

Analytic & Modern European Philosophy (MA)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

Offers knowledge and expertise for further research, postgraduate vocational training or entry on to a variety of professional career paths.

Special Features

Course Description

A one year full-time or two-year part-time course, the programme offers postgraduate teaching in topics in analytic and modern European philosophy, and emphasises the enhancement of skills relevant to advanced philosophical research.

Students are required to take four modules, each consisting of a weekly seminar for five weeks. Students are however inclined to attend the whole ten weeks of each semester to take the attached module to the one they have chosen to be assessed. This is designed to enrich the students learning experience and to gain a more thorough understand of the topic area as a whole. The student would then research and submit a dissertation of up to 15000 words on a topic of their own choosing (but subject to approval by the Board of Studies).
Full-time students take two modules per semester, part-time students take one. Modules are to be chosen from this list:

Each module is assessed by a 4000 word essay. In each case, students are provided with individual feedback on a first draft of 3000 words.

Course Structure

Students on the MA in Analytic and Modern European Philosophy can take any four from the following indicative list of modules Philosophy of Mind

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

Student Testimonials

'The lecturers have immense skill at conducting clear, concise and accessible seminars on advanced philosophical topics in a highly involved and stimulating manner.'

Tom Constant, Analytic & Modern European Philosophy MA alumnus

Read Tom's full testimonial

'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.'

Entry Requirements

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.

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Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office, Timothy Collins  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722 



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