Master of Arts in Philosophy(Adv Seminars and Shorter Thesis)(CAPPE)

Course 102-CP (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


Dr Jeremy Moss
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics
School of Philosophy


Arts & Music Student Centre

Course Overview:

The MA program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in philosophy. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the MA or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the MA.

Objectives: Students who complete the MA will:
  • acquire the additional knowledge required to undertake specialised study in a branch of philosophy of their choice;
  • acquire research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosophy;
  • complete a minor thesis, based on original research and revealing an awareness of current theoretical directions in their chosen field.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • 2 compulsory subjects

Total points per year 100 - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

Subject Options: Compulsory subjects
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Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Thesis subject
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Entry Requirements: A four year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at The University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%).

Applicants must include with their application a 2,000 to 2,500 word thesis proposal and a writing sample (this may be an essay from your previous degree, a chapter from your Honours or Masters thesis or a published article). The primary basis for selection will be academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility.

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