Continental Philosophy MA

MA Continental Philosophy
Location Distance Learning
Duration 3 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,535 per year of study
  • International students: £2,535 per year of study
Course start February, September
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  • Distance learning – high quality British postgraduate degree without having to buy an umbrella, or drink warm beer.

  • Depending upon your subject and module choices, work with many different staff across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Virtual visiting speaker programme – debate philosophy with prominent figures from around the world.

  • As well as learning about philosophy, you will also learn valuable skills of research, writing and effective communication.

  • We also offer supervision for the research degree of PhD. 

  • Postgraduate loans now available

Course outline

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This MA is an exciting and rare opportunity to study the most fascinating figures and themes in philosophy. We guide you through key philosophers in the European tradition, including Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault, treating along the way their ideas concerning such fundamental problems as the nature of time, the human, ethical or political practices, and history.

Philosophy in the ‘Continental’ (or ‘European’) tradition is the most widely influential branch of philosophical enquiry. Not only does it offer intriguing analyses of aspects of human life and our world, but it is required reading for the study of social, cultural, political, media, literary or art theory. The course begins historically, starting from Kant and German Idealism, and traces influences and reactions through the next two centuries. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take an optional module from Departments elsewhere in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The degree culminates in a major supervised research project.

This course will build on your previous studies of philosophy – or any of the related subjects just listed. It will be suitable for you whether you are studying just for the sake of interest, or as preparation for a PhD programme. You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars in the field (including David Webb and Douglas Burnham).

The degree runs by distance learning. Because it is online, you will find the fees very competitive, and of course you will save money also on travel. We provide a suite of internet-based resources for you to use (lectures, notes, questions to work on, readings, and millions of digitised pages from the Staffordshire University library), a discussion forum for you to exchange and debate ideas with your teachers and fellow students, virtual visiting speakers from around the world, and a team of leading academics to support you throughout your study.


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits in your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,115.00 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.



Course content

The programme comprises the following modules: 

  • Transcendence and the Body
  • Phenomenology and Ontology
  • Knowledge and Politics
  • Research Topics in Continental Philosophy
  • Masters Dissertation

The content of Research Topics in Continental Philosophy will vary  from year to year, depending on the research activity and interests of your tutors at the time. In 2016-17 it will be on the early writings of Marx. In 2017-18 it will be on the work of Michel Serres.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, 2.1 or higher (or equivalent). Or an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.

Teaching and learning

Blackboard is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning & teaching. It can be accessed by Staffordshire University staff and students from anywhere in the world using the Internet and a web browser such as Internet Explorer.

Blackboard is easy to learn and use and is an effective and reliable way to provide you with learning materials such as:

  • Lecture notes

  • Presentations

  • Timetables

  • Module handbooks

  • Video/audio materials

  • Reading lists

  • Assignments

Graduate destinations

Because of its adaptability to your needs and interests, this MA award is suitable for all kinds of students. We welcome those studying simply out of an interest and passion for the subject, those looking to use their skills in teaching or further academic study at PhD, and those looking for a subject-based postgraduate course to enhance their career skills and prospects.

Meet the experts

Professor Douglas Burnham's research work is in the areas of Kant, Nietzsche, hermeneutics, and philosophy’s relation to the arts, especially literature, fine art and wine. He has also written on hermeneutic issues in political theory. He recently published a Nietzsche Dictionary for Bloomsbury-Continuum, and is now working on a paper on book (co-authored with Peter Lamb of Staffordshire University) on the early writings of Marx, and a book (co-authored with Ole Martin Skilleas of the University of Bergen) presenting a general theory of contextual aesthetics. Professor Douglas Burnham's profile

Professor David Webb's research is centred on recent and contemporary European philosophy. He has a particular interest in French epistemology and philosophy of science. He has published an analysis of Foucault's archaeological method that placed it in relation to developments in the philosophy of mathematics and the philosophy of science. More recently he has published papers on Lucretius and on the work of Michel Serres. He is currently working on Foucault’s conception of critique. With Joanna Hodge (Manchester Metropolitan University), he is co-editing a series on Michel Serres, and with Howard Caygill (Kingston University) he is co-editing a multi-volume history of philosophy for Edinburgh University Press. Professor David Webb's profile


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