Does the mind work like a computer? Are there universal moral principles? What is the nature of knowledge, and how do I acquire it? How can moral responsibility be reconciled with a deterministic universe? Is truth the goal of inquiry? Is my mind in my head or can it extend beyond my skull and into the world? Are there such things as moral facts?
This online MSc in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind is a unique programme which provides a thorough grounding in contemporary philosophy, with a particular emphasis on those core research areas where Edinburgh has particular strengths: epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
This programme is unique in three ways:
The programme reflects the internationally renowned research in philosophy that is conducted at the University of Edinburgh. No other research-intensive Department of Philosophy anywhere in the world runs an online MSc programme which is focussed on these core areas of philosophy.
It is affiliated with the University of Edinburgh's Eidyn Research Centre, which hosts a number of large, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research projects across epistemology, ethics (especially meta-ethics), philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and philosophy of science. Eidyn's research will directly inform the teaching of the programme, ensuring that it is up to date with the latest developments in contemporary philosophy.
Its flexibility. You will be able to choose from a range of option courses to tailor your programme to develop your own specialised interest, under the expert guidance of our distinguished academics.
Why study Epistemology, Ethics and Mind at Edinburgh?
Philosophy research at Edinburgh ranks 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK in the THE ranking by the subject of the REF 2014.
This is a unique programme which provides a thorough grounding in contemporary philosophy, with a particular emphasis on those core research areas where Edinburgh has particular strengths: epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind and cognitive science
As an online programme, you can undertake personal study at times to suit you and gain a world-class graduate qualification without the expense of relocating
Programme structure and assessment
This is an online only programme. It will be taught through a combination of short video lectures, web discussion boards, videoconferencing and online exercises. As a student on the programme, you will have regular access to both faculty and dedicated teaching assistants, including one-to-one interactions. You will also interact with other students on the programme as part of a dedicated virtual learning environment.
You will be offered core courses in philosophical methodology and in the areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. There are advanced option courses available in epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and also an option course in philosophy of science.
You will thus gain a broad foundation in the research methods used within philosophy, and also a deep knowledge of the central philosophical areas of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of mind and cognitive science.
If you decide to undertake the full MSc degree, you will write a dissertation (8,000 to 10,000 words) on a research topic under the close supervision of faculty teaching on the programme.
You can earn a postgraduate certificate (three courses), a postgraduate diploma (six courses), or an MSc degree (six courses plus the dissertation) by completing courses on this programme.
Learning outcomes and careers
Epistemology, Ethics and Mind MSc graduates have pursued a number of different paths.
We have graduates in PhD programmes across the world, including the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham, the University of Illinois, as well as those who have chosen to pursue their studies further at Edinburgh. Others are teaching philosophy at community colleges and high-schools. Our graduates consistently tell us that the skills they have learned through the degree have influenced their thinking both in their careers and more generally through life.