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MA Philosophy and English Literature

Catalog id : VQ53
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Online

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
16700 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
1820 GBP

Application fee

International 20 GBP
National 20 GBP
EU 20 GBP
Department
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
SAT (avg)1290
ACT (avg)27
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About this course

Students who combine Philosophy with English Literature will gain a foundational understanding of both subjects. Philosophy has been at the core of Western intellectual life for at least 2,500 years and is central to our understanding of the world and of our place in and interaction with it. Philosophy provides the tools whereby the presuppositions of all areas of intellectual and practical activity may be systematically and critically examined. While there are different approaches that philosophers have taken, characteristic of Philosophy is the emphasis on the use of argument, critical enquiry, rigour in reasoning, and clarity of expression, including the making of pertinent distinctions.

As the historic home of David Hume and Adam Smith, the city of Edinburgh is a fitting place to study philosophy. The University, too, has a strong historic connection to the subject, counting Adam Ferguson and Sir William Hamilton among its former students. Edinburgh has one of the UK’s largest Philosophy departments and the Philosophy Society attracts high-profile speakers. An advantage of the four- year course at Edinburgh is that it is structured in such a way that students cover the basics of Western Philosophy and have the opportunity and time to specialize in the areas of most interest.

The Literature programme aims to develop the critical, analytic, linguistic and creative skills of students by engaging with a broad range of texts and a variety of approaches to reading. By enhancing the literary and critical faculties of individual students, the programme prepares them to contribute to a society in which an understanding of texts of all kinds is crucially important.

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Eligibility Criteria

Typical offer
The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points (grades 666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6 including Higher English. National 5: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including English Literature or combined English. GCSEs: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including English. SL: Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section *Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4

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Course Modules

Year 1
You will study Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment, Morality and Value and Logic 1. These courses introduce you to key topics in the history of philosophy, morality and ethics, and the nature of argument.

You can also choose to take Philosophy of Science 1, which looks at the basic assumptions of science.

Year 2
You will take two courses: Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. You can also choose to take courses in other subjects, such as sociology and politics, that cover topics related to philosophy.

Year 3
You will start to specialise. You will choose six courses from a range linked to our areas of expertise. These include: Philosophy of Time; Free Will and Moral Responsibility; Metaphysics of Mind; Themes in Epistemology; and Ancient Theories of Existence.

Year 4
You will choose another four to six courses from the wide variety available. You will also complete either an independent dissertation or a coursework dissertation via two extended essays on topics of your choice.

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How to Apply

  • All applications to the University for full-time study must be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, your personal statement and your reference.
  • To ensure your application is considered you should apply by the relevant deadline, 15 January 2017.

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