Philosophy (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


Two classes per week, October to April

This Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy is ideal if you want to develop a grounding in philosophy, but are not yet ready to commit to an MA. It is very well suited to people with busy schedules.

    You will study the central philosophical questions - in metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and the theory of knowledge - and have the opportunity to delve deeper into more specific philosophical topics, based on your own interests. You will also develop your ability to write clearly, think critically and argue philosophically about some of the deepest questions in the Western philosophical tradition.

      The programme provides you with the chance to engage in seminar discussions with your fellow students and the opportunity to study with leading philosophers in their fields.

      You will have the option of transferring onto our MA Philosophy, if you choose to do so, before the end of the year.

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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

      'Standard' route

      If you have studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can follow the 'standard' route, which involves choosing four specialist option modules from a wide range covering a number of philosophical topics.

      'Conversion' route

      If you haven't studied philosophy at undergraduate level, you can choose to take a 'conversion' route through the programme. You take one compulsory double module, Introduction to Philosophy, which covers four core areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. This module meets two evenings a week. You then choose two specialist option modules.

      To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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      Conversion route compulsory module

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