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Literature and Philosophy MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Literature and Philosophy MA

Please note this course is subject to validation.

The Literature and Philosophy MA draws on the interdisciplinary relationship between literature and philosophy. It combines rigorous philosophical and cutting-edge literary study, at the same time as critically examining questions pertaining to the relationship between the two disciplines in an inclusive, critical and non-partisan manner.

The course demands the best of its students, while at the same time providing a supportive pedagogical environment, in which teaching is student-centred and research led. You will be challenged to engage in critical thinking in ways that will prepare you for a range of careers.

On the course you will be able to draw on the resources of not only literature and philosophy, but also creative writing, journalism and publishing, and in a faculty that incorporates the study of film, psychoanalysis, drama and dance. You can therefore take advantage of a broad range of intellectual and creative resources.

What will you study?

The course offers you a broad range of topics in English, including gender, race theory and postcolonial literature and theory medieval literature, Shakespeare, the gothic, the American Suburban novel, Iris Murdoch, slavery and empire. It also offers you the chance to engage in continental philosophy with an emphasis on deconstruction, French thought, German idealism, critical theory, aesthetics, contemporary feminist, modern continental thought and psychoanalysis. The core module offers you the chance to interrogate the boundary between English and philosophy, focusing on their divergent assumptions as well as their connections. It pushes you to think about what is unique to each discipline, and what each discipline can bring to the other.


Coursework and dissertation.

Course structure

Modules on this course:

Interdisciplinary Investigations: An Introduction to Literature and Philosophy
Humans and Animals
Mappings and Crossings
Markets and Materiality
Sex and Text
Trauma and Justice
Recent French Philosophy
Plasticity and Form
Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary

What this course offers you

The course:

capitalises on Kingston's exceptional and diverse strengths in the field of literature and philosophy;

engages with the question of interdisciplinarity itself, therefore allowing you to formulate a sophisticated understanding of interdisciplinarity, as well as providing you with a strong basis from which to pursue further postgraduate study in this field, philosophy or literature;

offers an inclusive and non-partisan perspective on issues addressed in the course, drawing on the distinct strands of philosophy; and

champions a balanced approach, in which equal importance is given to literary and philosophical component.

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 Literature and Philosophy MA 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

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are: BA or BSc. In normal circumstances, at least a 2:1 or upper second class honours degree will be required.Exceptionally, an equivalent will be considered on an individual basis-for example relevant experience in the workforce, supplemented by a written sample analysing and justifying why the candidate should be accepted.All candidates will be interviewed either in person or by Skype/phone.

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