Philosophy (MRes)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time

This MRes Philosophy offers research-based training in philosophy at post-Master's level and serves as a foundation for starting an individual PhD project. This course gives you the opportunity to interact with renowned philosophers covering broad areas of the discipline and to undertake your own research in an internationally excellent, research-intensive department. This MRes is ideal for self-motivated, committed students who already have a good philosophy qualification and wish to progress to pure research in some area of the subject.

The course will give you a firm philosophical grounding and mastery of complex, specialised areas of philosophical study, enabling you to engage critically and reflectively with current philosophical debates. You will also be equipped with the essential research skills you need to proceed to PhD research. You will complete a substantial supervised research project in a shorter time than that required for a PhD.

The Department of Philosophy is offering a limited number of bursaries to students embarking on the MRes Philosophy in 2017-2018.

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    • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked 15th in the UK, with a research environment judged conducive to producing internationally excellent research.
    • In the Philosophical Gourmet Report 2014-2015, Philosophy at Birkbeck was ranked among the strongest in the UK, and was highly ranked in philosophy of action, philosophy of art, seventeenth-century philosophy and feminist philosophy.
    • As a philosophy student, you will be part of the thriving philosophical community in the University of London and eligible to attend the extensive range of seminars and conferences put on by the Institute of Philosophy.
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    Course structure

    The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits each at Level 7) and a dissertation of up to 20,000 words (120 credits).

    Core module 1, Theoretical Philosophy, is focused on a range of set readings (contemporary or historical) within one or more of: logic; metaphysics; epistemology; philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; or the philosophy of science.

    Core module 2, Practical Philosophy, is focused on a range of set readings (contemporary or historical) within one or more of: moral philosophy; political philosophy; or the philosophy of art and aesthetics.

    The dissertation consists in a substantial piece of individual research, of 15,000-20,000 words. Each student is assigned to a supervisor who is a specialist in the area in which the student plans to write.

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