Continental Philosophy MA
  • Distance learning - high quality British postgraduate degree without having to buy an umbrella, or drink warm beer.

  • Depending upon your subject and module choices, work with many different staff across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Virtual visiting speaker programme - debate philosophy with prominent figures from around the world.

  • As well as learning about philosophy, you will also learn valuable skills of research, writing and effective communication.

  • We also offer supervision for the research degree of PhD.

  • Postgraduate loans now available

This MA is an exciting and rare opportunity to study the most fascinating figures and themes in philosophy. We guide you through key philosophers in the European tradition, including Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault, treating along the way their ideas concerning such fundamental problems as the nature of time, the human, ethical or political practices, and history.

Philosophy in the 'Continental' (or 'European') tradition is the most widely influential branch of philosophical enquiry. Not only does it offer intriguing analyses of aspects of human life and our world, but it is required reading for the study of social, cultural, political, media, literary or art theory. The course begins historically, starting from Kant and German Idealism, and traces influences and reactions through the next two centuries. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take an optional module from Departments elsewhere in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The degree culminates in a major supervised research project.

This course will build on your previous studies of philosophy - or any of the related subjects just listed. It will be suitable for you whether you are studying just for the sake of interest, or as preparation for a PhD programme. You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars in the field (including David Webb and Douglas Burnham).

The degree runs by distance learning. Because it is online, you will find the fees very competitive, and of course you will save money also on travel. We provide a suite of internet-based resources for you to use (lectures, notes, questions to work on, readings, and millions of digitised pages from the Staffordshire University library), a discussion forum for you to exchange and debate ideas with your teachers and fellow students, virtual visiting speakers from around the world, and a team of leading academics to support you throughout your study.

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

The programme comprises the following modules:

  • Transcendence and the Body
  • Phenomenology and Ontology
  • Knowledge and Politics
  • Research Topics in Continental Philosophy
  • Masters Dissertation

The content of Research Topics in Continental Philosophy will vary from year to year, depending on the research activity and interests of your tutors at the time. In 2016-17 it will be on the early writings of Marx. In 2017-18 it will be on the work of Michel Serres.

Graduate destinations

Because of its adaptability to your needs and interests, this MA award is suitable for all kinds of students. We welcome those studying simply out of an interest and passion for the subject, those looking to use their skills in teaching or further academic study at PhD, and those looking for a subject-based postgraduate course to enhance their career skills and prospects.

MA Award
February, September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, 2.1 or higher (or equivalent). Or an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.

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