This is an interdisciplinary programme which allows you to connect our contemporary world with the past. You can study a great range in terms of courses that make up your programme and you have the ability to really understand ancient kingdoms and civilisations from the past. You may want to study further after this programme or you may be able to advise within heritage tourism, museums and tourist sites. You may also like to get involved in writing and publishing or a wide range of other careers. Aberdeen provides you with a great teaching experience in an even greater setting which is medieval in origin.
The campus and university were initiated in 1495 so there are plenty of architectural wonders and history to interest you whilst you study in 'Old Aberdeen.' The architecture is truly stunning and totally unexpected as you enter the university from the centre of Aberdeen. As you would expect in a university of this age and rich heritage there are also special collections hosting a variety of cultural artefacts. If you haven't visited University of Aberdeen it is well worth a tour to understand just how much history you get whilst you study. There are obvious connections from the university with many of the periods of medieval and early modern eras you study.
The courses reflect research interests drawn from various disciplines including History, Church History and Divinity, Celtic, English, French, History of Art, Law, Philosophy and Scottish and Irish Studies and is supported by highly specialised teaching and research staff. The MLitt provides ample opportunity to use the large depository of late medieval and early modern materials in the University's Special Collection, which has new state of the art rooms in the new Library.
You must acquire 180 credits (105 courses, 75 dissertation)
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This programme introduces the main fields, topics and research methods in ancient philosophy. It is appropriate for applicants who have previously studied philosophy and classics, or have backgrounds in history, political theory, science and literature. The programme is appropriate for applicants who have previously studied philosophy and classics, as well as those with backgrounds in history, political theory, science and literature.
The degree provides a necessary preparation for further postgraduate research towards a doctoral degree or an academic background to a professional career outside academia.
You will be exposed to the main doctrines and texts of ancient philosophy – including Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophy and Late Antiquity – mastering analytical skills pertaining to philosophical arguments and to historical (textual) sources.
You will develop the ability to reconstruct, analyse and critically assess philosophical arguments and doctrines based on a careful study of the texts.
You study two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation.
Option courses may include:
Other option courses can be chosen from outside Philosophy and Classics with permission from the Programme Director.
You are encouraged to take at least one course outside the ‘ancient’ curriculum, such as:
You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the main broad areas of ancient philosophy (Pre-Socratics, High Classics (Plato and Aristotle), Hellenistic philosophy, Late Antiquity) and medieval philosophy, specific types of philosophical thought (idealism, corporealism, naturalism, rationalism, skepticism) in their historical context.
An important goal of the programme is to develop the ability to reconstruct, analyse and critically assess philosophical arguments and doctrines on the basis of a careful study of the text.
For those planning to go on to a PhD in Ancient Philosophy, there will be an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of classical languages by studying the course texts in the original language. Up to 40 credits in ancient Greek, Latin or Arabic can be taken at introductory, intermediate or advanced level.
This programme aims to improve your analytical skills and give you a solid background in core areas of humanities useful for careers in professional fields such as law, education or public policy.
This course is based on King's expertise in the history of philosophy. King's Philosophy department is probably the only department in the world that can teach Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present day with no gaps.
The course is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was a major component, who want to focus more the history of philosophy. It offers a broad range of options, spanning two and a half millennia of philosophy.
Our History of Philosophy MA draws on our unrivalled expertise in this field: offering coverage of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present with no gaps. If you have an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was at least a major component, and you now wish to focus more narrowly on the history of philosophy – particularly to provide a firm basis for subsequent research – this course is ideal for you.
At this advanced level a dissertation is a requirement but beyond that you are free to choose from our exceptional list of optional modules. While these focus primarily on the history of philosophy, you may also choose some from other related fields, including a language that will help you in your studies and research.
This programme is based on King's unrivalled expertise in the history of philosophy: we are probably the only department in the world that can teach Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to the present with no gaps. It is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in which philosophy was at least a major component, who now wish to focus more narrowly on the history of philosophy, to provide a firm basis for subsequent research.
If you are a full-time student, we will provide six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 32 hours of independent study.
If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 12 to 24 hours of independent study.
We will assess our modules through a combination of coursework and exams. You will also write a 12,000-word dissertation.
Mostly taught through lectures and seminars. Assessment methods vary from module to module, but will largely revolve around either sat examinations or submitted essays. Candidates also write a dissertation over the summer.
Some of our graduates continue their studies to further research, whilst others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in teaching, management and the financial or the public sector.