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A unique opportunity to study this MA by distance learning
Do you want to explore fascinating ideas in philosophy? This distance learning MA offers you a chance to study important figures and ideas in recent and contemporary philosophy – all from the comfort of your own home.
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 course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere.
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.
This course is run as part-time over 30 months. The expected study pattern is to complete modules totalling 60 credits in each year of study.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Continental Philosophy
This course is run as part-time, distance learning over 30 months. The expected study pattern is to complete modules totalling 60 credits in each year of study.
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 and 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.
You’ll need an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, 2:1 or higher (or equivalent), or an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.
For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.
Distance learners benefit from a range of services including access to e-books, postal loans of physical books, online support from subject librarians and more.
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:
Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.
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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.
Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you online with:
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.
You’ll be provided with ongoing formative feedback through the discussion boards and engagement with other students.
Your study time will include independent learning and assessments as well as contribution to discussion boards.
The focus of this course is independent learning and individual study time. This could involve:
For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:
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.
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.
The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each 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.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options - part-time, full-time and distance learning.
For more information and how to apply visit postgraduate loans.
As a postgraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
Having spent a year of distance learning studying analytical philosophy at another university, I wanted to get a solid grounding in European philosophy so I transferred to do my second year of the MA with Staffs Uni.
“I am delighted that I did so, not least because of the quality of tuition and the participation of the other students on the lively discussion forums but also because you are challenged and encouraged at every stage to develop your thinking. It was demanding, of course, and the academic standard is very high but having just finished, I am now confident that I have the skills and knowledge to continue in philosophy whenever I decide to. Thoroughly recommended.
When I stumbled upon this programme, its Continental approach and affordable tuition made it a great choice. Being involved in the different courses was a great experience which really helped me to deepen my understanding of complicated concepts, and I gained a great deal of confidence and skills to write. The professors are profound in their research areas and are remarkably supportive and helpful. They accompany you patiently in this path and foster your growth.
Staffordshire's distance learning MA in Continental Philosophy has been the perfect solution to mediate my work schedule and desire to continue learning philosophy. Prof Webb and Prof Burnham have been excellent teachers and guides in each module that I've taken – and I'm extremely pleased with their critical, yet thoughtful, engagement with students.
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