MPhil without Phd

30-Jun-15, 16:35
by sage
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi all,

So I have a place to study an MPhil in Philosophy but I don't have any plans to push on into a Phd. While I enjoy the subject of Philosophy in its broad contours (hence my application), Phd and academic grade philosophy have become largely an exercise in pedantry and I just don't have the mental energy to neurotically work through the nonsense :).

Is there any point in studying for an MPhil if I'm not going to go further into an academic career?
30-Jun-15, 20:36
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by pd1598
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posted about 5 years ago
I would say probably not really? Especially not in philosophy. Unless you intend to work / do work in a field where that would be useful.
05-Jul-15, 11:30
edited about 25 seconds later
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posted about 5 years ago
To go just for an MPhil without PhD will probably not add anything to your CV.

An MPhil is seen by many as a poor relation to a PhD. It's what's awarded when a PhD candidate has failed to make an original contribution or new data to their field.

A taught Masters is a different matter, in that clear skills are being added to your repertoire. This makes a taught Masters an easier sell and better justification of your time in education and out of the jobs market.

I personally would give just an MPhil a miss, the one exception being if it was as part of a teaching company scheme with a placement in industry. With a teaching company scene, you're at least picking up real saleable work place skills.



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