MRes (Master's by Research) in Philosophy at Reading
Reading offers a respected MRes (formerly MA) in Philosophy.
As a student with us you will become an important part of both our School and the department. You will be helped to settle in during the Postgraduate welcome week events. We offer a high number of successful courses and attract a large number of students each year, in turn this offers an excellent opportunity to make many new friends and meet new people. You will be encouraged to participate in social evenings, seminars and events as you widen your social and academic community, both within your subject area and within both the School of Humanities and the Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.
There is a healthy student community which is a vital part of the School and during your time with us, you will be able to take part in the Staff/Student Committees within each subject area and provide the School with valuable feedback.
The resources you have available to you, that work alongside the academic environment of the School, are the Visual Resources Centre, URE museum and a Resources Room within each subject area; with the addition of dedicated teaching staff and friendly support staff, who are here to guide you during your time here at the University.
Course Structure and Content
The MRes course is assessed by three individually supervised essays (two of 5,000-6,000 words, and one of 7,000-8,000 words), an oral presentation, and a dissertation. In addition, the department offers a range of classes and seminars relevant to MRes students' research interests. MRes students are required to attend classes on research methods and skills, and to attend a weekly seminar at which they present parts of their ongoing work.
The MRes timetable is planned so that all the main graduate events are either on a Tuesday or a Thursday. Thursday is the most important as the Lunchtime Reading group and the MRes seminar are both on that day. There are, in addition, individual supervision sessions arranged independently with members of staff.
Essays, presentation and dissertation are typically chosen from the following areas, where Reading has particular expertise:
Philosophy of Mind; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Science; Wittgenstein; Philosophy of Language; Continental Philosophy; Ethics; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Law; Early Modern Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Kant; Plato and Aristotle; Epistemology
Students must submit three essays: one by the end of the Autumn Term, one by the end of the Spring Term, and a slightly longer one by the beginning of the Summer Term.
The seminar presentation is during the Spring Term.
Students must also write a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words on a topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff with expertise in the field. This is due late September.
Entry Requirements, Fees, and Funding
A good degree (usually at least a 2:1) in Philosophy (single or joint honours) is a prerequisite for application.
For graduate application details, please contact:
For information about fees and funding opportunities, please see here. Unfortunately there is currently no government funding for Master's degrees. The Philosophy Department occasionally offers bursaries to exceptional students.