Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course incorporates both the analytical focus on technical philosophical problems and the European focus on the social and political implications of philosophy, the course reflects the way in which 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 J'rgen Habermas and Manfred Frank, who, although trained in the European tradition, engage with analytical ideas.

Course Modules

Core modules include: Advanced topics in philosophy; the European philosophical trajectory; legacies of Wittgenstein; dissertation. Elective modules include: Anglo American political theory; contemporary continental political thought; continental aesthetics; the Frankfurt school; the future of phenomenology; human rights; identity, power and political theory; neo'platonism; identity, power and radical political theory; political concepts; post'holocaust philosophy; twentieth century French thought.

Course Additional Entry

Normally a UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. However, applications will be considered on a case by case basis. Students will be considered 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 entry requirements are not formally fulfilled, and essays may also be requested. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £14,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,550  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)