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MA in Analytic and Modern European Philosophy


Students are required to take four modules.  Students are assessed by a coursework essay for each of four modules of their choice selected from those available within the MA.  Throughout each semester the MA runs its own seminar.  Students are required to attend all of the seminars associated with their selected modules. Depending on individual choice, this will generally mean students attend both of the seminars of their chosen MA degree and it may also mean that they attend an additional seminar associated with the other Philosophy MA.  On completion of this stage of study, students then research and submit a dissertation of up to 15000 words on a topic of their own choosing (but subject to approval by the Board of Studies).

Full-time students take two modules per semester; part-time students take one.

Modules are to be chosen from the list below:

Each module is assessed by 4000 word essay. In each case, students are provided with feedback on a first draft of 3000 words.

Admission Requirements

Applicants from the United Kingdom will normally be expected to have a degree in Philosophy, either Single Honours or Joint Honours, at least at 2.1 level. Applicants with degrees in related disciplines may also be considered. Applicants from abroad should have an equivalent qualification or period of study.

Additional experience may, in appropriate cases, compensate for a degree result below 2.1. Applications from non-graduates eligible for entry under Cardiff University Regulations will also be considered.

Applicants will usually be asked to submit written work to be considered with their application.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall.


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Student Views

"While completing my final year of study for a BA in History of Ideas and Philosophy – also at Cardiff – it became clear that my deep personal interest in the subject was destined to far outlive my career as an undergraduate student. The opportunity to study the MA course on a part-time basis meant that I could pursue this interest within a structured framework, under the management and guidance of professional academics, while supporting myself financially with waged employment. I would thereafter achieve a further qualification to help improve my prospects within today’s highly competitive employment environment.

The lecturers have immense skill at conducting clear, concise and accessible seminars on advanced philosophical topics in a highly involved and stimulating manner. The lecturers, as well as administration staff, have always been courteous, friendly, respectful, and understanding and sympathetic towards individual circumstances and needs. They have always been readily available by way of personal contact, telephone, or email.

In short, my years of study for an MA in Analytic and Modern European Philosophy at Cardiff University have been of the utmost personal and academic value, with great benefit for future career prospects."

Tom Constant