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MRes Philosophy

Explore philosophical questions with your own independent research project, while developing your knowledge and skills through our wide range of taught modules with the Philosophy course at University of Birmingham.

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 1 year 
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £20,820 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

You can complete your research project on any philosophical subject, as agreed with the supervisor, and there is a wide range of choice for the taught component, enabling you to build your own unique programme of study.

Why study this course?

  • World-leading research: The department received excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF): 49% of research at the University of Birmingham for Philosophy was rated ‘world-leading’. A further 34% was rated ‘internationally excellent’.
  • Extended research project: The Philosophy course at University of Birmingham provides substantial experience in the practice of independent philosophical research, and helps you to further increase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen subject.
  • Transferable skills: The programme fosters critical and analytic abilities which can be of considerable value both in professional and personal life.

Courses included:

  • Epistemology
  • Global Ethics
  • God, Freedom and the Meaning of Life
  • Human Rights
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy and Mental Health

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University’s Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.


  • 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.

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