Postgraduate taught 

Philosophy of Mind & Psychology MSc

Philosophy Of Perception A PHIL5010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A Masters level course in the Philosophy of Mind which develops undergraduate level understanding of the new field towards a foundation for postgraduate research.


6 two-hour seminars and 2 one-hour occasional tutorials. In addition to the 2 one-hour tutorials, students receive (1) immediate oral feedback on presentations at seminars; (2) written feedback on short non-assessed essays written during the semester; (3) availability of course lecturers during office hours.

This course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

All courses in Philosophy associated with the MLitt Philosophy.




One essay of 4000-5000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students' undergraduate level understanding of the Philosophy of Mind to a level which allow them to engage with contemporary positions and arguments in the field

■ Enable students to articulate and critically evaluate their own position within these contemporary issues

■ Provide a foundation in this field for future engagement in original research in Philosophy

■ Provide the opportunity to achieve a foundation that equips the student for research leading to a Ph.D. in the following areas: The nature of the mind and of mental states including identity theory and functionalism; theories of intentionality.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able:

■ To explain the leading contemporary positions and arguments in the Philosophy of Mind

■ To articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them fruitfully and critically

■ To recognise and incorporate contemporary positions and arguments in the Philosophy of Mind into their own developing research fields where relevant

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.