The Modern European Philosophy MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field, and is now one of the most successful philosophy masters programmes in the country.
The MA is 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 also prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy.What will you study?
This programme offers an opportunity to study 19th and 20th century European philosophy in a structured way, concentrating on the interpretation and analysis of key texts. The programme pays particular attention to the influence of Immanuel Kant's philosophy, and to the debates which structured the development of post-Kantian philosophy in both Germany and France.
The programme begins with a foundation module on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and adopts Kant's critical philosophy as an historical and conceptual basis for the understanding of subsequent European philosophy as a whole. Other major authors studied include Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Deleuze and Badiou. Students take four taught modules, and prepare a dissertation on a topic of their choice.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.