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MA / MRes European Philosophy

Course Description

Our MA / MRes European Philosophy courses are distance-learning programmes designed to give the student an opportunity to reflect upon the dominant thinkers and philosophies of the European tradition, but also to consider the impact of such thinking upon the student's own life experience – as European citizens and as thinkers and agents in the ‘Western’ tradition.

The MRes route is divided into a 60 credit taught part and a Dissertation of 120 credits amounting to up to 30,000 words in total.

Course Overview

All students begin the programme with a module designed to develop high level research skills and approaches. For MA students, this is followed by core modules covering developments in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy and thought from Kant and the post-Kantians to developments in post-structuralism and a range of option modules. The MA is a modular programme. In part I, students take six 20-credit modules. In part II, students are required to write a dissertation.

MRes students are able to choose 2 modules in addition to research methods.

The modules are built around the research specialisms of our academic staff, all of whom are research-active and regularly publish their thoughts and ideas.

For full details of module availability for 2015/16 please visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ma-european-philosophy/ or http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/mres-european-philosophy/ Module descriptions are updated annually in August prior to the start of the academic year.

Key Features

The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years:

Staff are research active and regularly attend academic conferences.
Study cutting edge areas of academic interest
The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high quality educational experience.

Distance Learning

All our degrees are available to distance learners, and indeed the greater part of our postgraduate cohort comprises distance learners. Every student has access to all module materials, including reading lists, on the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). All modules are taught by our lecturers, and are designed to be accessible and friendly to learning at a distance. Many of the modules are delivered in a blended fashion with use of video and audio presentations by the lecturers on each individual topic.

It is essential that distance learners have a good internet access, as well as use of computer facilities; the University offers all distance students individual support in accessing material from home. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Learning Resources Centre provides access to a variety of electronic academic material to distance learners, including more than 1,000 Classics e-books, 70 Classics e-journals, and a number of specialised Classics e-resources.

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However, as part of an inclusive approach to learning, we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply.

In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/Skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report or analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/

Visit the MA / MRes European Philosophy page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Study Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require
assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to UK students enrolling in their first year of a postgraduate programme who require assistance with their fees. Awarded as fee reduction.

Application Procedure

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/application-forms/
the application deadline for 2015/16 is 4th September 2015

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1Normally be expected to have achieved at least a 2:1 degree in Philosophy or a cognate discipline (those with a 2:2 may be considered for entry to a Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance).

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