Master of Arts in Philosophy

Duration: 2 years
Medium of Instruction: Chinese/English


The MA in Philosophy emphasizes both the theory and the practice of philosophy. The overall aims and philosophy of the Master of Arts in Philosophy are to provide graduates with a solid theoretical foundation and equip them with practical philosophical skills that can then be applied in a wide range of contexts, beyond that of a traditional professional career as a researcher or teacher of philosophy.

The MA in Philosophy is designed to accommodate both students with a BA in Philosophy and those whose undergraduate study is in a different field. For some it will provide a pathway towards research, while for others it will expand their intellectual horizons in ways that build on but go beyond their previous domains of study.


The Master of Arts in Philosophy is a two-year programme which emphasizes a comprehensive and globally relevant approach to historical and contemporary theoretical and practical philosophy. It centres on the two great streams of Western Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy, while situating them in the context of world philosophies. It combines conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills that enable students to gain a deeper understanding of both the history of philosophy and of the implications of philosophical ideas for our time. The programme will train creative and engaged philosophers who are conceptually equipped to navigate through the complexities of the 21st century.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to

  • apply philosophical thinking skills to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems
  • recognize key contemporary debates to which a philosophical perspective can be applied
  • develop persuasive arguments
  • express ideas orally and in writing with clarity and precision
  • think analytically
  • use transferable critical, analytical, synthesising, and problem-solving skills in a wide range of contexts.

Graduation Requirements

  • For students admitted in or after 2023/2024 onwards:
    • Complete 30 credits in total according to the curriculum requirement;
    • Achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 or above;
    • Submit and present a project report

Entry Requirements

Please refer to the Graduate School’s webpage.

Career Prospects