Continental Philosophy MA

Location Distance Learning
Duration 13 Months

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £7,620 per course
  • International students: £7,620 per course
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  • Flexible study A unique opportunity to study this MA by Distance Learning

  • International reputation Our staff are highly respected in the field of philosophy

  • Virtual speakers New perspectives for online discussion and debate

Do you want to explore fascinating ideas in philosophy? This MA course offers you a chance to study important figures and ideas in recent and contemporary philosophy – all from the comfort of your own home.

Course outline

You’ll be guided through the work of key philosophers in the European tradition including Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault. You’ll gain a broad knowledge and understanding of philosophy, learning from our experienced staff. 

The Continental (or European) tradition is the most influential branch of philosophical enquiry. It provides essential knowledge for the study of social, cultural, political, media, literary or art theory.

We welcome anyone studying simply out of interest and a passion for the subject, but also those working towards a specific career. You may also wish to study as preparation for a PhD.


Tuition Fees:

Please note that the tuition fee quoted above is for the whole degree.


Course content

The degree runs entirely by distance learning through a suite of internet-based resources. There is a lively and welcoming 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. As an online course, you’ll find our fees very competitive.

The programme comprises the modules:

  • Transcendence and the Body

  • Phenomenology and Ontology

  • Knowledge and Politics

You’ll also take a research topic in Continental Philosophy which will vary from year to year depending on the research activity and interests of your tutors.

In 2018/19 it will be on the work of Michel Serres

In 2019/20 it will be on Problems in Philosophy and the Arts

You’ll develop your philosophical interests in a supervised research project.

Entry requirements

You’ll need an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, 2:1 or higher (or equivalent), or an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.

Teaching and learning

As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.


We’ll assess your learning through an essay at the end of the course and your contribution to discussion boards throughout the course.

Your assessments encourage you to investigate questions, scenarios and problems to help you develop knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

Graduate destinations

After completing the Continental Philosophy MA, you’ll be equipped with transferable skills attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including:

  • Arts and media

  • Further academic study – PhD


Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.


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