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Philosophy MPhilStud

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Philosophy MPhilStud

This unique programme - the only one of its kind in the UK - is dedicated to postgraduate study and research in the tradition of modern European (or ‘continental') philosophy. It will enable you to study in more depth and with a more intense research focus than the one-year MAs. You will be taught by the internationally renowned members of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), with their wide range of philosophical and interdisciplinary expertise.

Key features

This course engages in detail and in depth with fundamental texts in modern European philosophy and with 20th-century developments in modern European philosophy and critical theory.

The course is based at the UK's leading Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, along with four MAs and a large group of research students.

The range of option modules enables you to tailor your studies to your area of interest.

Kingston University combines an inclusive approach to education with ambitious investment in advanced-level humanities teaching and research.

You will benefit from easy access to London's research libraries and research events, plus proximity to French, German and other European universities and libraries.

What will you study?

The programme begins with a compulsory module on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. You will then choose five modules from an extensive list that covers some of the foundational texts and thinkers of the modern European tradition (Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger) and 20th- and 21st-century philosophy and critical theory, including psychoanalysis.

You will then take a dissertation module, which includes content-based philosophical research methods seminars. Your dissertation will be assessed with a viva voce examination. In addition, you will organise and run reading groups around your own interests and on topics related to your dissertations.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Kant and his Legacy - delivered and assessed in English
MPhilStud in Philosophy Dissertation

Optional modules

Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary - 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.

Visit the Philosophy MPhilStud page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally, a first class degree in Philosophy or a related subject. Potential applicants with other qualifications should contact the programme leader, Stella Sandford, at for an assessment of their suitability for the programme. Students who begin one of the 12-month MA courses in Philosophy at Kingston may apply for conversion to MPhilStud after completing four modules.

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