Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This MA course draws on our department's core research and teaching strengths in 19th and 20th-century French and German thought, and Continental political philosophy. Focusing on the interpretation and analysis of key texts, MA students will study the development of European philosophy paying particular attention to the influence of Kant and to the debates that structured the development of post-Kantian philosophy in both Germany and France. The flexible nature of the course allows students to concentrate on European philosophy or to engage with a broader range of options which include Human Rights, Continental Aesthetics and Anglo-American Political Theory.

At Royal Holloway we have a unique approach to the subject that looks beyond the narrow confines of the Anglo-American analytic or European tradition of philosophy to connect philosophy to other disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The result has been the creation of a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative programme that brings together academic staff from departments across the university ? including scholars of drama and theatre, literature and political philosophy. Not only dedicated teachers of the subject, our philosophy staff are also experts and published authorities in their field.

This distinctive approach means that whichever area of philosophy you choose to study at postgraduate level, you will be able to place it in a wider context, with the support of experts across the disciplines. Our departmental specialisms include a wide range of philosophical topics such as ancient and Hellenistic philosophy, 19th and 20th-century European philosophy, contemporary analytic philosophy and American pragmatism. We host a variety of additional activities throughout the year, including a visiting speaker series organized with our active student-run Philosophy Society, a number of workshops and conferences, and a reading group that meets weekly in central London.

Philosophy degrees are well-regarded by employers because they give you the capacity to think through issues and problems in a logical and consistent way and to develop critical and transferable skills which can be applied in almost any area of employment.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,400 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,200 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,600 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 UK Honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ?high 2:2? is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.