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MA in Philosophy by Research

Course Description

Course information

A one-year, London-based MA programme of ten evening seminars and individual research led by Professor Roger Scruton. Offering examples of contemporary thinking and including lectures by internationally acclaimed philosophers, the purpose of this programme to give an overall survey of Philosophy and topics that are central to the interaction of philosophy and life.

Each seminar takes place in central London and is followed by a dinner during which participants can engage in discussion with the speaker. The topics to be considered include consciousness, emotion, justice, art, God, love and the environment.

Examination will be by a research dissertation on an approved philosophical topic chosen by the student, of around 20,000 words. Guidance and personal supervision will be provided.

Find out more about our School of Humanities on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities.

The Course Director

The course is led by the renowned philosopher, Professor Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL.

Professor Scruton is a Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute and Course Director of the MA in Philosophy. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator, specialising in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture.

He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues. His involvement in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe during the Cold War, has seen him win a number of awards.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Scruton is the author of over thirty books, including The Soul of the World (2014), Notes from Underground (2014), How to Be a Conservative (2014), Our Church (2012), How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (2012), Beauty (2009),The Aesthetics of Music (1997), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), Sexual Desire (1986), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980) and Art and Imagination (1974).

Associate Students

Others wishing to attend the seminars, but not intending to take the MA degree, may join the course as Associate Students at a reduced fee.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/philosophy.

Visit the MA in Philosophy by Research page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Waters

"I was lucky enough to study at Buckingham for three years, undertaking both my undergraduate degree in English Literature with French and my masters in English Literature by research. The English department is fantastic and without the staff and their support both academic and pastoral I think my university experience would have been very different. The opportunity to discuss ideas with leading experts in their field both at undergraduate and postgraduate level is invaluable; as well as fuelling your enthusiasm for texts, authors, and a whole range of subject areas, it gives you greater confidence to find your own voice within what can sometimes seem an insurmountable mountain of criticism. Furthermore, the English department and the University of Buckingham as a whole, thanks to its small size, is very much like a family with staff and fellow students from across the departments always there if you need support or a friendly smiling face. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Buckingham and cannot imagine a better place to study."

(Student Profile)

Victoria Gilchrist

"When I started at The University of Buckingham in January 2013, I was immediately surprised by the amount of support that I felt from the English Department from the very beginning. They made sure I knew all the important information, and that I was happy and prepared for my first lecture the following week. The support from the staff did not stop there though. They continuously strived to ensure that I was not only succeeding at my degree, but also enjoying it at the same time. The lecture groups were nicely sized - enough for you to be able to have a good interaction with the students and the lecturer, and the tutorial groups were even smaller so you would have time to properly discuss your opinions, and have the chance to ask important questions. Throughout my time at Buckingham I can certainly say that I have found some friends for life, broadened my horizons and made some incredible memories, as well as gaining a degree in English Literature."


Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

A first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

% discount


The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

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