Introduction

This programme will be available in 2021-22

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

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MLitt
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen

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 placements – 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.

What You'll 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

Stage 1

Stage 1

Compulsory Courses

Candidates take the following courses:

Philosophy and Society (PH5066)

30 Credit Points

This team taught-course, linked to the Centre for Knowledge and Society (CEKAS), examines key issues in contemporary applied philosophical research, with special emphasis on topics associated with CEKAS research streams. Students will engage with philosophical arguments and concepts central to a variety of applied domains, including science, medicine, technology education and the arts. Students will be taught by a research expert in each topic and will have the opportunity to select their own topic for their assessments (essay and presentation).

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Impact and Engagement in Philosophy (PH5568)

30 Credit Points

On this course, students will learn to identify and develop the non-academic impact of their philosophy research. They will learn a range of skills and techniques for engaging with the public, exchanging knowledge with organizations outside the university, and communicating their research to diverse audiences. Students will develop engagement and impact activities and develop links with outside organizations based on their own research interests, with guidance and training from academic staff and public engagement experts.

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Optional Courses
Readings in Philosophy and Society (PH5067)

30 Credit Points

Readings in Philosophy and Society is a directed reading course offering students the opportunity to engage at length and in depth with the philosophical literature on a topic relevant to problems or questions concerning society. Students will choose from a list of approved topics made available at the beginning of each year and will be subject to the availability of Philosophy staff to supervise. Assessment will include one review of a paper/book of 1,500 words (20%) and one essay of 4,000 words (80%).

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Readings in Philosophy and Society (PH5567)

30 Credit Points

Readings in Philosophy and Society is a directed reading course offering students the opportunity to engage at length and in depth with the philosophical literature on a topic relevant to problems or questions concerning society. Students will choose from a list of approved topics made available at the beginning of each year and will be subject to the availability of Philosophy staff to supervise. Assessment will include one review of a paper/book of 1,500 words (20%) and one essay of 4,000 words (80%).

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Stage 2

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

Candidates for the MLitt must additionally take:

Philosophy and Society Dissertation (PH5905)

60 Credit Points

The Philosophy and Society Dissertation is a largely student-led course in which students work with a supervisor to develop a 12,000-word thesis on a topic of their choosing. In addition to the 12,000-word thesis, students also complete a 2,000-word impact statement discussing how their research project may lead to societal impact.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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

Entry Requirements

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

Qualifications

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

TOEFL iBT:

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

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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

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £18,400
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £8,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Scholarships

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.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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Careers

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 in Philosophy and Society

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

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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