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Masters degrees in philosophy

Our taught postgraduate degrees reflect our diverse original research and the evolving interests of our staff. Refine your philosophical knowledge and join a thriving postgraduate community.

Why study philosophy at York?

Our courses are distinguished by subject-specific modules, giving you a clear pathway into your future career or further study. You’ll have the flexibility to tailor your degree with a range of option modules. Our staff are active researchers at the forefront of philosophical debate.

You'll develop your knowledge of core philosophical history and principles, and apply these concepts to significant discussions in areas such as AI, information governance, politics and the law, the arts and theology. Think critically and find creative solutions to complex issues through your own research.

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Graduate Diploma

Our Graduate Diploma in Philosophy is ideal for those wishing to study for a Philosophy MA without prior experience in the discipline. You'll obtain an Honours-level qualification and learn the essential foundations needed to continue to Masters study.

Visiting students

Spend up to a year in York as a visiting student from an international university.

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Philosophy.

Interdisciplinary community

Join a vibrant postgraduate Arts and Humanities community which includes social and academic events and an inspiring research environment. You'll have opportunities to make personal connections and to think beyond your own subject area.


  • You'll become a creative problem-solver and learn to grasp complex ideas. You'll develop critical thinking, communication and analysis skills, all of which are valued by employers.
  • You'll have access to our Careers and Placements team who can help you devise a tailored career plan. They can also alert you to various internship opportunities.
  • Many of our taught postgraduate modules are designed to address specific industry challenges - such as data privacy and surveillance - preparing you for your future career.

Our graduates

Our postgraduates go into academia and teaching, local and central government, IT management, the creative industries, charities, finance and many other professions.

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