Masters | Postgraduate Course - Philosophy and Sociology of Science MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Course Fees
Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
Start Month(s)
September
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Philosophy and Sociology of Science MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The programme, unique in the UK for its combination of philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology, examines the concept of science, the knowledge it provides and the way in which the production of knowledge is organised in society. In doing so, it will prepare you for further research or employment in the management and evaluation of science and its impact on society – an increasingly important aspect of science policy.

Based in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology the programme draws on staff research interests and expertise in the philosophy of biology, the mind, economics and social science, as well as in the sociology of science and technology.

Module details

Compulsory modules

Core Modules followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

  • SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30
  • SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30
  • SOCM904 Dissertation 60

Optional modules
Modules worth 30 credits in total chosen from SOCM002A and SOCM016.
 
Plus one additional 30-credit module offered within the department of Sociology and Philosophy, or related disciplines (history, biosciences, geography, politics or law).
 
Please note that the modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
 
Inclusion in this list does not guarantee that a module will run in a particular year. It is dependent on staff availability, and the number of students wishing to take the module.
 
MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science optional modules Choose 30 credits

  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
  • SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30
  • SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30
  • SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30

Sociology PGT modules 2017-8 Choose one 30-credit module from sociology, philosophy or anthropology

  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
  • SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30
  • SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30
  • SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15
  • SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30
  • SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30
  • SOCM002B Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM023 Social Theory 15
  • SOCM024 Cultural Sociology 30
  • SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15
  • SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15
  • SOCM027 Social Theory 30
  • SOCM030 Gender at Work 30
  • SOCM028 Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making 30
  • SOCM029 Data Visualisation 15

Philosophy PGT modules 2017-8

  • PHLM008 Mind, Body and World 30
  • PHLM010 Introduction to Philosophical Methods 30
  • PHLM006 Contemporary Ethics 30

Anthropology PGT modules 2017-8

  • ANTM100 The Animal Mirror: Representations of Animality 15
  • ANTM101 Animals, Health and Healing 15
  • ANTM102 Anthrozoology: Theory and Method 30
  • ANTM103 Applied Anthrozoology 30
  • ANTM105 Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation 15
  • ANTM107 Anthrozoology Residential 15
  • ANTM108 Bioacoustics 15
  • ANTM021 Food, Body and Society 15
  • ANTM022 Food, Body and Society 30
  • ANTM104 Family Hominidae and Other Primates 15
  • ANTM106 Representation of Animals Through Religion 15

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a discipline related to the programme.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as:

- researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
- written and verbal communication skills
- managing and interpreting information
- developing ideas and arguments