I'm considering doing a masters in philosophy, but i'm not sure whether this is a realistic plan
My main worry is funding, as i've heard that philosophy is an extremely difficult subject to get funding for, is this true?
Also is it important to do lots of extra-curricular things at undergraduate level, or is the quality of my degree the main thing that admissions people will look at?
Oh and how competitive is postgrad philosophy, do lots of people apply making it harder to get on to a course or get funding?
If anyone is doing/has done/applied for a masters in philosophy please share your experiences!
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- Thread Starter
- 11-11-2008 18:39
- 11-11-2008 19:48
It is difficult to get funding for a masters in philosophy, but not impossible (you will almost definately need a first). They won't give a damn about extra-curriculars, unless of course those extra-curricularss involve stuff such as giving papers, attending conferences and that sort of thing. The admissions people will look at your references, your academic record, your predicted degree class, and the quality of your research proposal / personal statement.
It's relatively straightforward to get onto the course - if you're not applying for oxbridge, you're predicted a 2.1 and your references are good, then there's no real reason why they wouldn't accept you. It's the funding that's the difficult part.
- 11-11-2008 21:33
wallflower, what universities are you considering? I'm just curious as I will be in a similar position next year.
- CV Helper
- 12-11-2008 10:32
I currently applying for a Philosophy masters, and rottcodd's right. It's so hard to get funding for any of it these days.
- 14-03-2009 10:54
I've had offers from York, Glasgow and Manchester, Manchester and Glasgow are conversion courses but you get to do a dissertation. I think the only place I have a chance of getting funding is York.
- 14-03-2009 18:51
funding is a nightmare these days.
However, if you check on PHILOS-L you will find that all of the masters studentships are on offer NOW. So get your applications in soonish!
The AHRC has changed their funding situation with what is known as the Block Grant Partnership; that means that they allocate money to universities and then the latter goes on to advertise that they have the studentship.