MA - Philosophy as a main subject
Main Subject, Second Subject
The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.
Philosophy is for thinkers and doers. It's about solving real-life problems, and applying intellectual rigour to how we understand and interact with others, society and the world. Studying Philosophy at Waikato will teach you how to learn, think and write clearly, argue vigorously, and question deeply held assumptions and beliefs.
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|Years:||1 - 1.5|
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Estimated Fees* (Domestic):||$7,626 - $9,137 per year|
|Estimated Fees* (International):||$35,900 - $40,855 (120 pts)
$53,855 - $61,290 (180 pts)
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate International|
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|All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
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Papers available within Philosophy
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Phil), PGDip(Phil), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc
To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PHILO591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Philosophy.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy, a student must have completed either:
a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Philosophy (or equivalent) with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Philosophy (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division), or a PGDip in Philosophy (or equivalent) with at least a B average, and
c) have satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Philosophy vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc . Within the 180 points students must also complete ALPSS500 and PHILO588, and at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc.
Students admitted under b) above must complete 120 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc.
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ALPSS500||Academic & Professional Research & Writing||30.0||24A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)|
|In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills.|
|ALPSS590||Directed Study||30.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff.|
|ALPSS591||Research Project||30.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).|
|ALPSS592||Dissertation||60.0||24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)|
|A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).|
|PHILO534||Reality and Language||15.0||24A (Hamilton)|
|This paper examines a range of contemporary philosophical work in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.|
|This paper covers a range of topics in contemporary aesthetics, including: What is art? What is the difference between art and craft? Are aesthetic values entirely subjective? Can fictional events give rise to real emotions? How is it possible to enjoy horror?|
|PHILO552||Existence and the Social World||15.0||24B (Hamilton)|
|This paper covers contemporary research in metaphysics, including work on social ontology and the methods that should be used in doing metaphysics.|
|PHILO588||Foundations of Philosophical Research||30.0||24A (Hamilton)|
|In this paper we engage in focused analysis of a range of philosophical topics relevant to the research goals of students. The paper enhances students' knowledge of long standing and contemporary debates in philosophy. Students cultivate their research skills through seminar development and presentation, and gain a grounding in phi...|
|PHILO593||Philosophy Thesis||90.0||24X (Hamilton)|
|An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.|
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Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc.
Philosophy is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Philosophy may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone:
Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.
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