Masters by Research Philosophy
About the programme
The University of Hertfordshire offers an MA in philosophy that combines the flexibility of a research degree with the structure and support of a taught MA. Before writing a dissertation of about 15000 words, students on this programme take two modules on Methods in Philosophy, and two philosophy discussion classes. These preparatory studies include coursework on philosophical method and two 5000-word essays on topics of your choice. These studies will help you to develop your research skills and focus your interests before you undertake a dissertation.
How to apply
Before making your formal application, we recommend that you discuss your proposed research with the appropriate member of staff in the School of Humanities, and the School’s Research Tutor, Dr. Saskia Kersten email@example.com.
Please include an outline research proposal with your application. Members of academic staff will advise on the length and scope of the proposal.
Applications should be returned to DoctoralCollegeAdmissions@herts.ac.uk.
Why choose this programme?
- An internationally recognised research qualification.
- Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level.
- Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience.
- Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research.
For further information on this course please contact Brendan Larvor
The research interests of individual philosophy staff members are diverse and wide ranging, and are not limited to a single philosophical tradition, school or period of philosophy. The topics they pursue often drive them to engage in research that is highly interdisciplinary. The department has several major areas of concentration and strength.
Ethics, broadly construed, including the relation between narrative, literature and ethics; Kantian ethics; virtue ethics; philosophical and religious aspects of love and friendship; the moral status of animals and the environment; moral agency; moral psychology.
Metaphysics, with strengths in time, perception, consciousness, idealism and structural realism.
Philosophy and Ethics of Information.
Philosophy of mind, psychology and cognitive science, especially, on topics relating to information; representation; perception; consciousness; phenomenal consciousness; intersubjectivity; folk psychology and enactive, embodied, extended approaches to the mind, philosophy of AI. Research on these topics is both philosophically and empirically informed and focused.
The work of specific thinkers, including Kierkegaard, Sellars, and Wittgenstein.
The philosophical research culture at UH is sustained by regular activities:
fortnightly research seminars, delivered by prominent external speakers, both national and international
regular staff/postgraduate reading groups.
the Philosophy Society, run by students, organizes talks and events such as the annual Philosophy Weekend, which is held at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park
multi-disciplinary research student and staff conferences organised by the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI).
Normally, we require applicants for MA by Research study to be in possession of a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5 or equivalent for overseas students.
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