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Postgraduate taught programmes

Part-time students

Distribution of workload

The Master's degrees all run for two years part-time. Part-time students will normally take 80 credits in the first year, followed by 40 more from taught modules (plus 60 for the dissertation) in the second. That is not a strict rule, and you can distribute them more evenly if you wish, 60 in each year. But, given that you will be facing the significant additional burden of the dissertation in the second year, it usually makes sense to weight the taught modules more towards the first. If you are going to take 60 credits in the second year, then do at least try to make it 40 followed by 20 in the two semesters, rather than 20 followed by 40.

Choosing your modules

When you sign up for modules at the start of your first year, you will only be required to register formally for those that you will be taking in that year: but you should already be thinking ahead about what you might like to take in the second, because there will be some variation in what's available. For example,

  • Modal Logic and Set Theory alternate annually with First-Order Logic and Mathematical Logic; so, if you want to take them, you'll only get this one chance.
  • Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy will alternate annually with Nineteenth-Century Continental Philosophy.

Specific requirements

If you are taking 7AAN4021 General Philosophy, you must do this in the first of your two years.

Within the specialist MA programmes:

  • MA History of Philosophy students will normally take a language module in their first year;
  • MA Philosophy of Medicine students will normally take both of the compulsory modules, 7AAN2058 Philosophy of Medicine and 7AAN2054 Perspectives on Death and Killing, in their first year.
  • MA Philosophy of Psychology students must take at least 20 credits (and usually more) from among their compulsory Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind modules in their first year.
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