Master of Arts

Research topics for MA thesis research projects:
  • Material Good and Moral Cultivation in Confucianism

  • David Hume on Morality

  • Thomas Kuhn’s Theory of Scientific Revolution

  • Falsification in Scientific Research

  • Xunzi on Human Desires

  • Mencius on Human Nature

  • Justice and Fairness

  • Varieties of Human Equality

  • Neo-Daoism

  • Anthropocentrism and the Environment

  • Genetic Engineering and Human Nature

  • Why Be Moral?

  • Aristotle and Confucius on the Good Life

  • The Nature of Scientific Explanation

  • The Dao of Being Human

  • Moral Rules and Moral Virtues

  • Determinism and Moral Responsibility

  • The Problem of “the Other”

  • Religion and Multiculturalism

  • Gender Equality and Social/Familial Harmony

Period of Candidature

Students may choose to pursue either on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time MA candidates: minimum 1 year and maximum 3 years;

Part-time MA candidates: minimum 1 year and maximum 4 years.

Admission Requirements
  • Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or a relevant field from a recognised university.

  • For applicants whose mother tongue is not English, a good TOEFL or IELTS score is required. This requirement is waived if applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the instructional language.

  • Demonstrated ability to pursue research in the applicant's proposed field of advanced study. Applicants should include with their application either a research proposal (in which they outline what they intend to study, why they intend to do so, and how they plan to do it), or a writing sample in philosophy. Length: 3,000 – 5,000 words.

Programme Requirements

MA students are required to take three (3) courses, must complete a thesis (maximum of 30,000 words), and pass an oral examination.