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Postgraduate taught programmes

Postgraduate taught programmes

Our course-taught MA structure offers three distinct MA Philosophy streams - European Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Political Philosophy - providing advanced study in concepts and debates in both analytic and continental traditions.

We also offer an MA (by Research) in Philosophy that allows you 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.

For a full list of degree courses available, click here.

MA Philosophy streams

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)

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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)

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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)

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