Continental Philosophy

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MA

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, distance learning
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
22 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021

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Our staff are highly respected in the field of philosophy

Flexible study

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.

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

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Continental Philosophy

Part-time study

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.

Distance learning

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.  

Part-time study

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.

Distance learning

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.  

Course content

The programme comprises the modules:

  • Transcendence and the Body (Kant and Nietzsche)
  • Phenomenology and Ontology (Heidegger and later phenomenological thought)
  • Knowledge and Politics (Foucault, epistemology and political philosophy)

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

  • 2020-21: topic – the work of Michel Serres (information, nature, the human)
  • 2021-22: topic to be confirmed, but it may focus again on the work of Michel Serres.

After completing the four taught modules, you develop your philosophical interests in a supervised research project.

The programme comprises the modules:

  • Transcendence and the Body (Kant and Nietzsche)
  • Phenomenology and Ontology (Heidegger and later phenomenological thought)
  • Knowledge and Politics (Foucault, epistemology and political philosophy)

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

  • 2020-21: topic – the work of Michel Serres (information, nature, the human)
  • 2021-22: topic to be confirmed, but it may focus again on the work of Michel Serres.

After completing the four taught modules, you develop your philosophical interests in a supervised research project.

Kathy Schuen - MA Continental Philosophy

Kathy Schuen - MA Continental Philosophy

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Kathy talks about the benefits of 100% distance learning, her experiences at a prestigious conference and how Philosophy is still relevant to a modern, changing world.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Dissertation Planning I 15 credits
Dissertation Planning Ii 15 credits
Knowledge And Politics (Vle) 30 credits
Ma Dissertation In Continental Philosophy (Full Time) 30 credits
Phenomenology And Ontology 30 credits
Research Topics In Continental Philosophy 30 credits
Transcendence And The Body 30 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Phenomenology And Ontology 30 credits
Transcendence And The Body 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Dissertation Planning Ii 15 credits
Knowledge And Politics (Vle) 30 credits
Ma Dissertation In Continental Philosophy (Part-Time) 30 credits
Research Topics In Continental Philosophy 30 credits

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. 

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.

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Facilities

Careers

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:

  • Education
  • Arts and media
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Further academic study  

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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. 

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. 

Assessment

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.  

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.  

Learning support

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:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision and assessment skills (including time management)

 

Additional support

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.

Feedback

You’ll be provided with ongoing formative feedback through the discussion boards and engagement with other students. 

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. 

Your study time will include independent learning and assessments as well as contribution to discussion boards. 

Independent learning

The focus of this course is independent learning and individual study time. This could involve:

  • Set reading material or e-text books
  • Researching e-journals and e-books from the library or library books which can be posted to you (UK-based students only)
  • Preparing for your dissertation 

The focus of this course is independent learning and individual study time. This could involve:

  • Set reading material or e-text books
  • Researching e-journals and e-books from the library or library books which can be posted to you (UK-based students only)
  • Preparing for your dissertation 

Staff

Our core teaching team are experts in a range of areas including European Philosophy, phenomenology, French epistemology and the philosophy of science. 

Professor David Webb

Professor

David is the course leader for Continental Philosophy. His expertise includes Modern European Philosophy, especially phenomenology, and French epistemology and philosophy of science (Heidegger, Levinas, Foucault, Serres, Bachelard, Cavaill&egrav…

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Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA-Full-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £8,085 per course £8,085 per course

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MA Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £4,028. per year of study £4,028. per year of study

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've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

 

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

 

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 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 masters loan.

Our students

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.

Bob Lloyd

Continental Philosophy MA 2017

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.

Hamed Movahedi Pour, Tehran

MA Continental Philosophy 2017

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.

Cameron Clark

MA Continental Philosophy 2017

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Stoke-on-Trent campus MA Full-time, distance learning 20 September 2021 Apply now

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