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Metaphysics PHIL5073

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This courses discusses a number of major issues in metaphysics such as Necessity and Possibility; Identity; Existence; Time, Change and Persistence; and Determinism and Freedom.


2 lectures per week for 9 weeks, plus 4 tutorials. The course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Two essays, equally weighted, each with a word limit of 2500 words.

Course Aims

The course aims to:


■ introduce students to a number of major issues in metaphysics.

■ familiarise students with the main positions and arguments within each topic.

■ enable students to deploy these arguments for themselves.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ identify and explain the key issues in metaphysics, such as: Necessity and Possibility; Identity; Existence; Time, Change and Persistence; and Determinism and Freedom.

■ expound the varying views on these topics covered in the course 

■ critically assess the positions using appropriate specialist terminologies 


Assessment for this course is at Masters Level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.