MRes Philosophy

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules.

It is aimed at those with an academic background in Philosophy who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to enhance their research by undertaking module-based study. You take the MRes-specific Philosophical Research module and then choose two further modules from the full range of the Department’s modules. These include Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Mind; Metaphysics; Epistemology; God, Freedom, and the Meaning of Life; and Human Rights. You will also complete a 20,000 dissertation.

The MRes is a self-standing research programme; however many students treat it as preparatory for a PhD.

You will study one compulsory module and two optional modules. This is followed by the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Why study this course

  • The department received excellent results in the Research Assessment Exercise 2014. 49% of research at the University of Birmingham for Philosophy was top 4* rated ‘world-leading’. A further 34 % was rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’.
  • Over the past five years, over 93% of Philosophy postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Aside from seeking career opportunities within the higher education sector, postgraduates with degrees in Philosophy typically enter a wide range of employment areas. 

Modules

You will study the module Philosophical Research, which is compulsory on the MRes programme. It is designed to cover a broad range of classic philosophical texts, as well as to develop a core set of analytical skills relevant to postgraduate research in Philosophy.

You then choose two further optional modules from the whole range of modules offered by the Department of Philosophy, before completing a 20,000 word thesis.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17:

  • Home / EU £4,121 full-time; £2,061 part-time
  • Overseas: £13,680 full-time

The above fee quoted is for one year only; for those studying over two or more years, tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuition fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

For the MRes Philosophy  programme, entry usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in Philosophy, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.

Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases,form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated here, please contact the admissions tutor. We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country. 

How to apply

Before you make your application

Please refer to our six step process on applying for PhD, MA by Research and MRes opportunities for Arts subject areas.

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Additional Guidance for applicants to the PhD Distance Learning study mode.

Making your application

 

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available.

Topics include: ethics, metaethics and global ethics; epistemology and metaphysics; philosophy of mind and cognitive science; philosophy of psychiatry; philosophy of language and logic; philosophy of religion; and the philosophy of health and happiness.

You will also be assigned a team of supervisors, to support you in your studies, and you will be strongly encouraged to participate in the weekly postgraduate seminar and the regular meetings of PhilSoc and the staff seminar.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

The University has been recognised for its impressive graduate employment, being named ‘University of the Year for Graduate Employment’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

In addition, the global edition of The New York Times has ranked the University 60th in the world and 9th in UK for post-qualification employability. The rankings illustrate the top 150 universities most frequently selected by global employers and are the result of a survey by French consulting firm Emerging and German consulting firm Trendence.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.

University of the Year for employability

Birmingham's Philosophy postgraduates develop a range of skills that are highly desirable in the job market, including: articulacy; precise analytical thought; clarity; rigour in formulating complex problems; and the ability to analyse and construct sound arguments.

Over the past five years, over 93% of Philosophy postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Due to the transferable nature of their skills, Philosophy postgraduates traditionally enter a wide range of employment areas, from the Civil Service to finance. Employers that graduates have gone on to work for include: Afrikids (child rights organisation); Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust; Muslim Scout Fellowship; Rights and Humanity; University of Birmingham; and University of Edinburgh.

Birmingham has been transformed into one of Europe's most exciting cities. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.

Get involved

In addition to the student groups hosted by the Guild of Students, each school runs its own social activities, research fora, seminars and groups for postgraduates.

Accommodation

Coming to Birmingham to study might be your first time living away from home. Our student accommodation will allow you to enjoy your new-found independence in safe, welcoming and sociable surroundings.

Support in your studies

We offer an Academic Writing Advisory Service, which aims to help your transition to postgraduate research. The service offers guidance on organising your ideas and structuring an argument, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, being clear and coherent and editing your work for academic style and linguistic accuracy. Individual support is provided by a professional academic writing advisor via tutorials or email, as well as through the provision of online materials.

The City of Birmingham

One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and cultures, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work. Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.