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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Contemporary Western Philosophy









Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters



Claude Mangion

This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Taught Master of Arts in Contemporary Western Philosophy provides a broad spectrum of themes that are circulating within contemporary discourses of philosophy. By actively engaging with these themes students will acquire a fuller understanding of the issues at hand and be better equipped to respond to the challenges of the contemporary. In this respect, the taught Master of Arts in Contemporary Western Philosophy proposes an integrated approach that utilizes the resources of both the analytic and continental traditions.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon completion of this programme, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate between the various theoretical positions within the various discourses that belong to contemporary western philosophy;
2. Evaluate these theories in terms of their logical rigour and consistency;
3. Systematize these theories so as to take into account their strengths and/or weaknesses;
4. Demonstrate the potential application and relevance of these theories by grounding them within everyday practices.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Graduates of the taught Master of Arts in Contemporary Western Philosophy will be equipped with a number of skills that can help them find employment in a variety of spheres. As the programme requires students to engage seriously with texts, their critical faculties will be developed to their higher potential. In addition, the emphasis on the writing will enable studnets to think and write both coherently and analytically. These skills will prove invaluable advantage in the competition for employment.

Students who successfully graduate from this programme of studies will be eligible to apply for the Doctoral programme of studies offered by the department of Philosophy.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The target audience for this programme are those interested in the philosophical questions and debates that constitute our contemporary world.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that applicants in possession of a the Degree with Third Class Honours shall satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 65% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above.

The Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 19 September 2017
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