MRes Philosophy is an intensive but flexible research-based philosophy programme for graduates looking to further their studies.
Broaden your philosophical knowledge in an intensive but flexible research-based programme for graduates looking to further their studies.
Learn through a combination of classes, seminars, reading groups, lectures and guest speaker events; and focus your research into your chosen area of study. Our MRes programme is ideal preparation if you are considering undertaking future doctoral research.
The flexibility of our MRes programme enables you to pursue your interests. Structured into weekly MRes seminars where all students present their ongoing work to peers and academics, the course offers regular, individual supervision with expert members of staff in your chosen field.
This course will provide you with valuable skills and the knowledge to succeed, whether you're looking to further your studies or pave the way for a change of career. You will gain a firm philosophical grounding and mastery of specialised areas of study, as well as the ability to critically engage with, and reflect upon, current philosophical debates.
We run a number of events throughout the year dedicated to stimulating and fostering research. These include a full visiting speaker programme, a work-in-progress programme, a graduate seminar, a regular staff-student reading group, and the highly regarded annual Ratio Conference. Our dynamic student and staff community is a vital part of our department, and you will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated teaching staff and friendly support staff.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: You are normally required to have a good first- or second-class honours degree in philosophy (or equivalent from a university outside the UK).
What will you study?
The MRes programme is structured into three individually supervised essays, an oral presentation, and a dissertation. Topics for essays and the dissertation can be chosen from any of the main areas of philosophy.
As this is not a taught master's, there are no modules in the sense of prescribed units of learning. You will have the freedom to choose the subject areas in which to complete your individually supervised work.
Possible topic areas include epistemology, philosophy of religion, moral philosophy, political philosophy and aesthetics.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7,735 per year
New international students: £16,450 per year
New UK/EU students: £3,870 year one
New international students: £8,225 year one
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2020/21 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Our graduates have gone on to careers in politics, the media, the civil service, advertising, journalism, law, the police, retail, management, and a wide variety of other professions.
Our MRes students also finish the programme well prepared for PhD research. Previous master’s students have gone on to do PhDs at Reading, and at other excellent institutions in the UK and elsewhere.