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Study a graduate program in philosophy

What will I study in a graduate philosophy program?

Want to learn how to think for yourself and answer the most significant questions that we all face in our everyday lives? Then graduate degree in philosophy could be for you.
 
Philosophy programs can be taught courses, often leading into postgraduate research degrees in most cases are thesis-only where students provide research on a specific and advanced area of philosophy.
 
Because graduate philosophy programs do not have a direct vocational application the work and study is largely theoretical questioning the ideas and arguments around the major institutions in our society: government, history, politics, religion and war.

Length of program

The length of a philosophy graduate program depends on where you study. Masters programs last the following duration in each country:

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

To study a graduate philosophy degree it is not essential to have studied the subject before, but you will usually have to have passed an undergraduate degree that involves research and writing.

Specific entry requirements for individual courses vary from country to country and even between different universities.

If you choose to study somewhere with a different first language from your own, you may have to take a language test before you are admitted.

Career development

A philosophy degree does not have a direct career route, it’s not often you meet someone who is a philosopher, but it does open the door to many other careers. Philosophy graduates traditional move into the areas of finance, marketing, the civil service, law, charities and publishing.

Fees and funding

The cost of philosophy graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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