Choose Kingston's Modern European Philosophy MA
This course is widely recognised as one of the most challenging and stimulating philosophy masters programmes in the UK. Based on a focused study of the fundamental texts of the modern European philosophical tradition, it provides an ideal preparation for doctoral research in philosophy or related fields in the humanities and social sciences. It will also prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy.
You will benefit from high levels of staff-student contact, including individual tutorials, from versatile and internationally recognised teaching staff with a wide range of interests, projects and publications.
You will be part of a large and supportive postgraduate community, studying with committed and engaged peers.
The course is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University
, where you can attend and participate in research events with visiting international speakers.
What will you study?
The course comprises four taught modules and a dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will have the opportunity to study 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy in a structured way, concentrating on the interpretation and analysis of key texts. You will pay particular attention to the influence of Kant's philosophy and to the debates that structured the development of post-Kantian philosophy in both Germany and France.
Beginning with a foundation module on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, the course adopts Kant's critical philosophy as a historical and conceptual basis for the understanding of subsequent European philosophy as a whole. Other major authors studied may include Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Deleuze and Badiou. You may also choose from a range of option modules from related programmes in Philosophy & Contemporary Critical Theory and Aesthetics & Art Theory.
Coursework (including short exercises), essays, and 15,000-word dissertation.
This course is taught by internationally recognised specialists at the dynamic Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.
Since its inception in 1994, the CRMEP has developed a national and international reputation for teaching and research in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. In each of the last two research assessment exercises, RAE 2008 and REF2014, 65% of the research activities of the CRMEP were judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', with 25% of its outputs for REF2014 judged 'world-leading'.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Kant and His Legacy - delivered and assessed in English
Art Theory: Modernism, Avant Garde, Contemporary - delivered and assessed in English
Contemporary European Philosophies - delivered and assessed in English
Critique, Practice, Power
German Critical Theory - delivered and assessed in English
Hegel and his Legacy - delivered and assessed in English
Kant and the Aesthetic Tradition - delivered and assessed in English
Nietzsche and Heidegger - delivered and assessed in English
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
Philosophy of Art History
Recent French Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English
Topics in Modern European Philosophy - delivered and assessed in English
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Applicants should normally hold a good (upper-second [2:1] or first-class honours, or the equivalent) undergraduate degree in Philosophy or a related subject, but applicants with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose first language is not English should provide IELTS results of 6.5 or higher.