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MA by Research Philosophy

Our respected MA by Research Philosophy offers fascinating and focused insight into your chosen area of study.

The degree allows you to choose your own areas of philosophical study and research, which you will undertake under intensive, one-one supervision.

Possible areas of study include moral philosophy, philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, Wittgenstein, Aristotle, and Aquinas.

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Studying philosophy changed my whole mindset, and made me question beliefs and attitudes that I had never thought to question before. As a mature student, I found that Reading suited me very well. The course was flexible enough to fit around my commitments, and there was a great community at all levels of study. The academics were also very approachable, and they have fully supported me throughout my time at Reading and beyond.


BA, MRes and PhD Philosophy graduate

Fees, funding and scholarships

All students interested in studying a master's programme are eligible to apply for postgraduate funding.

UK students can receive government loans to help with tuition fees and living costs. You may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries.

Both UK and international students can apply for scholarships, which are awarded based on previous academic achievements.

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How you'll study

Broaden your knowledge through a variety of learning methods, critically engage in our weekly philosophical seminars and learn from your fellow students and academics.


Life in the Department

Join a dynamic and welcoming community. Get involved with collaborative groups and conferences, and attend events organised by our student-run Philosophy Society.



Why study with us?

Pursue your own interests and study in a Department that ranks in the top 125 in the world for History, Philosophy and Theology (THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023).