Philosophy and Society, MLitt, PgCert or PgDip

Philosophy and Society, MLitt, PgCert or PgDip


The MLitt in Philosophy and Society is an interdisciplinary programme that enables students to explore the connections between philosophical thinking and real-world social problems and questions.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MLitt, PgCert or PgDip
6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
Location of Study

The MLitt in Philosophy and Society is the only Masters’ degree in the UK that focuses on practising and applying philosophy outside the university. As well as deepening your philosophical knowledge, you will learn to engage non-academic audiences and make an impact with philosophy through unique courses and links with external partners – whatever your area of interest or intended career.

The MLitt in Philosophy and Society develops students' core philosophical skills of conceptual analysis, textual interpretation, argumentation, research, and writing while giving them skills and opportunities to use and communicate philosophy publicly and impactfully. Each student will forge connections between philosophy and another area, such as science, politics, education, technology, or the arts, and will build links with other disciplines, organisations, and businesses with a view to their future research and career.

Available Programmes of Study

In this degree you will take courses in philosophy and other disciplines, alongside courses that build your skills and experience in public engagement and the social impact of philosophy.

Candidates take the following courses:

  • PH5066 - Philosophy and Society (30 credits)
  • PH5067 or PH5567- Readings in Philosophy and Society (30 credits)
  • PH5568 - Impact and Engagement in Philosophy (30 credits);
  • plus one or more approved Level 5 courses offered by another discipline in the University, amounting to 30 credits.

Students may be able to take courses that are not on the approved list, by permission of the degree convener and course coordinator.

Candidates for the MLitt must additionally take: PH5905 - Philosophy and Society Dissertation


Philosophy and Society

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MLitt 12 months or 24 months Online Learning Full Time or Part Time September Aberdeen More

Philosophy and Society

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
PgDip 9 months or 18 months Online Learning Full Time or Part Time September Aberdeen More

Philosophy and Society

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
PgCert 6 months or 12 months Online Learning Full Time or Part Time September Aberdeen More

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Professional Placements
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Essays, presentations, public-oriented pieces, course conference, impact statement, dissertation

Why Study Philosophy and Society?

On successful completion of the programme, students will have achieved:

  • Critical understanding of philosophical concepts, arguments, theories, and methods
  • Ability to apply philosophical understanding and skills to a range of social questions and problems
  • Ability to communicate philosophical findings to a range of audiences in spoken and written form
  • Experience of networking and knowledge exchange with non-academic organisations
  • Capacity to pursue independent research that has potential for impact

What Our Students Say

Lidong Mou

Lidong Mou

Lidong Mou

I learned a lot about how to engage the public and make an impact with my project, including how to get stakeholders involved in the project, and how to explain philosophical issues to people who don’t know much about philosophy.

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Ajna Rao

Ajna Rao

Ajna Rao

The course itself was tailored specifically to the student’s research interests, and there was an effort to take my research interests to new heights with the interdisciplinarity that this programme offers.

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Entry Requirements

For more information about the application process, including details about which supporting documents you will be asked to provide, please click here.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America).

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

MLitt Philosophy and Society

On the MLitt in Philosophy and Society, you have the opportunity to put philosophy into practice through various engagement activities with a non-academic organisation.

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Contact Details

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