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Analytic and 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.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.0 will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can furnish sufficient evidence that they are suitably proficient in the use of English.

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.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,250 £14,750
Part-time £3,125 £7,375
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Office, Timothy Collins  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4722 



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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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