This Masters course is part of the St Andrews and Stirling Philosophy (SASP) Graduate Programme - which is Scotland's leading centre for graduate study in Philosophy, and one of the highest-ranked and largest philosophy schools in the United Kingdom. It also has an outstanding placement record for its graduates.
The course is primarily designed for recent philosophy graduates, and serves as a preparatory year for entry to postgraduate research by giving you a firm foundation of general understanding and skills in philosophy. Those skills will give you a sound basis for philosophical research.
The MLitt is a one-year taught course delivered mainly in St Andrews by staff from both universities. After gaining the MLitt, you may progress to a PhD at either Stirling or at St Andrews. Previous graduates have also gone on to leading institutions in the UK and abroad.
On this course, you’ll benefit from excellent teaching from authoritative and knowledgeable researchers in a wide range of areas, including the history of philosophy.
If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.
Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and top five in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. Meanwhile, 62 percent of the University of Stirling’s research was classed either 'world leading' or ‘internationally excellent’. We also have a very strong record of success in gaining research funding.
The University of Stirling has an active philosophy research environment, with regular events open to all. These include:
Applicants for the MLitt should normally have a good first degree in philosophy, such as a UK upper Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma).
Applicants with other qualifications may be admitted on the recommendation of the Programme Director.
The administrating institution for the SASP programme is currently the University of St Andrews, whose application procedures should be followed:
Applicants who are not native English speakers, and whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English, must submit a recognised English Language test.
You must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.
The programme involves a one-year taught MLitt, delivered largely in St Andrews by staff from both universities, after which you may progress to a PhD within the SASP programme. The MLitt programme lasts for one year and involves six modules over two semesters and a dissertation written over the summer. The Diploma involves a nine-month, taught programme and requires satisfactory completion of all taught modules. In addition to a Research Methods module and two core modules (one in each semester) on current issues in Philosophy, the programme offers a range of options in the history of Philosophy and in special areas of philosophy.
|PY5101||Current Issues in Philosophy I||Monday, 11am - 1pm; Room C1/C2, Pathfoot Building, Stirling||Rowan Cruft|
|PY5103||Research Methods||Monday, 3pm - 4:30pm; Room C1/C2, Pathfoot Building, Stirling||Kent Hurtig|
|PY5203||Kant||Wednesday, 9am - 11am; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Jens Timmermann|
|PY5205||Origins of Analytic Philosophy||Tuesday, 11am - 1pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Peter Sullivan|
|PY5315||Philosophy of Law||Thursday, 10am - 12pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Ben Sachs|
|PY5319||Topics in Recent Moral Theory||Tuesday, 2pm - 4pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Justin Snedegar|
|PY5324||Philosophy of Logic||Thursday, 3pm - 5pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Aaron Cotnoir|
|PY5102||Current Issues in Philosophy II||
Monday, 11am - 12pm; Room 310, Irvine George Cumming, St Andrews
Thursday, 10am - 11am (tutorial), 11am- 12pm (tutorial); Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews
|PY5204||Moral and Political Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century||Wednesday, 11am - 1pm; Room G01, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Antonino Falduto|
|PY5212||Formal Epistemology||Monday, 1pm – 3pm; Room G03, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Philip Ebert|
|PY5213||Texts in the History of Political Philosophy||Thursday, 2pm – 4pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||James Harris|
|PY5214||Wittgenstein||Tuesday, 12pm - 2pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Peter Sullivan|
|PY5310||Philosophy of Mind||Tuesday, 10am - 12pm; Seminar Room 3, St Mary's College||Michael Wheeler|
|PY5312||Aesthetics||Tuesday, 2pm – 4pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Berys Gaut|
|PY5318||Political Philosophy||Friday, 2pm - 4pm; Room G03, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Elizabeth Ashford|
|PY5325||Texts in Contemporary Metaphysics||Friday, 11am - 1pm; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Katherine Hawley|
|PY5403||Intuitions and Philosophical Methodology||Wednesday, 9am - 11am; Room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews||Jessica Brown|
The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2019/20 on this course of study.
The programme is taught by seminars (normally one two-hour seminar per week for each module), along with individual supervision.
To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you must satisfactorily complete all the taught modules. To gain the MLitt, you must complete the taught modules, and write a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words
University of St Andrews Programme Director: Professor Jens Timmermann
University of Stirling Co-ordinator: Dr Philip Ebert
Diane MacLachlan, Postgraduate Secretary
University of St Andrews
Graduate Studies Office
University of Stirling
Tuition fees for this course can be found on the University of St Andrews website.
There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.
If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.
EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.
We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay
A number of MLitt Philosophy graduates gone on to the further study of philosophy at PhD level. Some have remained within the SASP Graduate Programme at Stirling or St Andrews – while others have moved to leading institutions in the UK and abroad.
A large number of former MLitt students have secured permanent university teaching positions.
The general training in research and analytical thinking as part of this course also prepares you for a wide range of careers in various areas of public policy, public administration and governance.