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    2013 Spring

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  1. I've decided to go back to school to take some more philosophy courses. I'm thinking of taking courses in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, and the philosophy of mind. I might take advanced composition or philosophical writing if it is offered.
  2. I would like to go on to a PhD. I did very well in the philosophy courses that I took- all A's.
  3. I'm mostly interested in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. I would like to teach philosophy in college.
  4. I have a couple of bachelor's degrees- one in communication studies and another one in computer science. I had a 3.65 GPA. When I was in school, I took four philosophy courses: introduction to philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, and business ethics. I'm thinking about earning a master's degree in philosophy. What would be the best way to prepare for a graduate program in philosophy? What are some things I should take into consideration? Do you think I should go back to school to take more philosophy courses before entering a graduate program? I live in the US, but I'm open to going to the UK for school. Which has better graduate philosophy programs? The US or UK?
  5. Does anyone here know anything about the various MA philosophy programs at the University of Edinburgh? Are they academically rigorous or challenging? Would you recommend any of them?
  6. Wafer

    MA in the UK

    Do the UK philosophy graduate programs cover similar material in the same amount of depth compared with the US programs?
  7. Wafer

    MA in the UK

    Are MA degree programs in the UK comparable to MA degree programs in the US? Would MA philosophy students in the UK study the same material in the same amount of depth as their counterparts in the US? Many graduate philosophy modules in the UK are worth 20 credits. Does the number of credits equal the amount of hours spent in class?
  8. I've noticed that the degree programs in the UK consist of modules and those modules are worth a certain number of credits such as 20 or 30 credits. How would a 20-credit or a 30-credit module in the UK compare with a 3-unit semester class in the US?
  9. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David offers a graduate distance learning program in philosophy. You can read more about it here: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ma-philosophy/
  10. Can the online student hear all of the lectures that the on-campus student would hear? Do the online courses cover the same material in the same amount of depth? Do the online courses have the same method of assessment as the ones on campus?
  11. Wafer

    UK MA vs. US MA

    If I had an MA in philosophy from a university in the UK, would I be able to teach at a community college in the US or be admitted to a doctoral program in philosophy in the US?
  12. Wafer

    UK MA vs. US MA

    A module in the UK is a course. If one has a BA in philosophy, the MA philosophy program at Birkbeck College in the UK requires that the student complete four modules of 30 credits each and write a dissertation consisting of 10,000 words. Other MA philosophy programs in the UK have similar requirements.
  13. Wafer

    UK MA vs. US MA

    I've looked at some MA programs that are offered by schools in the UK and US and I have some questions. Does anyone here have any advice on choosing between MA programs in the UK and the US? How does a 20-credit or 30-credit module in the UK compare with a 3 semester unit course in the US? Does a module in the UK cover more material than a course in the US? I've noticed that some modules are assessed by a single paper. Do you think this is sufficient to assess student learning?
  14. I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science that was earned through distance learning. I work as a software engineer and my employer doesn't care if a CS degree was done on campus or online.
  15. Things to check if a school claims that its distance learning degree program is the equivalent to the one on campus: 1. Will distance learning students be able to watch video-recorded lectures or listen to audio-recorded lectures? 2. Do the distance learning classes cover the same material in the same amount of depth as the classes that are on campus? 3. Do the distance learning students get the same assignments and same exams as the students on campus?
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