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Postgraduate taught programmes

Watch Professor Nathan Widder introduce Royal Holloway's Philosophy programme and the ways in which you can study or research at postgraduate level:

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Our course-taught MA structure offers three distinct MA Philosophy streams -- European Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Political Philosophy -- that provide advanced study in concepts and debates in both analytic and continental traditions.  We also offer an MA (by Research) in Philosophy that allows students to conduct independent research into an area of philosophy, culminating in the writing of a substantial dissertation.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Professor Nathan Widder for further details and to discuss the MA Philosophy programmes. Our new postgraduate brochure is available here.
 

MA European Philosophy

The Royal Holloway MA in European Philosophy offers one of the few MA courses in the country to specialise in the European tradition in philosophy. Drawing on core research and teaching strengths in 19th and 20th century French and German thought, the MA gives students the opportunity to study the development of European philosophy from Kant’s critical philosophy onwards, with a focus on German Idealism, the German phenomenologists and the Frankfurt School on one side, and the French philosophical movements in the 20th century from Bergson and the existentialist movement through to poststructuralism and psychoanalysis. Options focus a variety of topics and thinkers, focusing on the Continental tradition in political philosophy, the Frankfurt School, the role of aesthetics in the development of European thought and more.

Programme structure

Advanced Topics in Philosophy (40 credits)

Two courses from among:

Contemporary Continental Political Thought (20 credits)

The European Philosophical Trajectory (20 credits)

Twentieth Century French Thought (20 credits)

40 credits of option courses from available options

Dissertation (60 credits)

Please follow link for more details.

MA Modern Philosophy

The MA in Modern Philosophy offers a unique approach to postgraduate study of philosophy. Whereas most Masters courses are either on an area of Anglo-American ‘analytical’ philosophy, or on ‘European’ or ‘Continental’ Philosophy, this MA will enable you to investigate both notional traditions of philosophy. Incorporating both the analytical focus on technical philosophical problems and the European focus on the social and political implications of philosophy, the MA reflects the way many of the most important developments in contemporary philosophy are resulting from a new dialogue between the traditions, as seen in figures like Richard Rorty and John McDowell, who were trained in the analytical tradition but think it is vital to read Hegel and Heidegger, and Jürgen Habermas and Manfred Frank, who although trained in the European tradition engage with analytical ideas.

Programme structure

Advanced Topics in Philosophy (40 credits)

The European Philosophical Trajectory (20 credits)

Legacies of Wittgenstein (20 credits)

40 credits of option courses from available options

Dissertation (60 credits)

Please follow link for more details

MA Political Philosophy

The MA in Political Philosophy offers advanced training in key issues and thinkers in contemporary political thought, from both Anglo-American and Continental perspectives. Our political philosophers have research and teaching interests in applied analytical political theory (with issues including immigration, citizenship and the politics of recognition), post-Nietzschean theories of identity and post-identity politics, democratic theory and pragmatist philosophy.

Programme structure

Advanced Topics in Philosophy (40 credits)

Two courses from among:

Anglo-American Political Theory (20 credits)

Contemporary Continental Political Thought (20 credits)

Political Concepts (20 credits)

40 credits of option courses from available options

Dissertation (60 credits)

Please follow link for more details.

Option courses, not all of which will run every year, include:

  • Adorno and Critical Theory (20 credits)
  • Anglo-American Political Theory (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Continental Political Thought (20 credits)
  • Continental Aesthetics (20 credits)
  • The European Philosophical Trajectory; From Kant to the Present (20 credits)
  • Human Rights (20 credits)
  • Identity, Power and Political Theory (20 credits)
  • Legacies of Wittgenstein (20 credits)
  • Neo-Platonism (40 credits)
  • Political Concepts (20 credits)
  • Twentieth Century French Thought (20 credits)

Applicants will normally be expected to have a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent, but students with Lower Second Class Honours (2:2) or equivalent will also be considered.

We will consider students from non-traditional backgrounds on the basis of the submission of a substantial essay on philosophy, or demonstrable research experience, and an interview.

Interviews may be held in cases where the entry requirements are not formally fulfilled, and essays may also be requested.

The College uses an online appication system, Royal Holloway Direct.  You can register with the system to begin an application here.  The online system allows applicants to upload scanned copies of transcripts and other documents, as well as a personal statement.  Applicants must provide details for one referee, who is contacted by email when the application is submitted to provide a reference letter, which also can be uploaded to the system.

Further information on the appication process can be found here.

 

  
 
 
 

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