Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology

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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

Evolve philosophy

Put your love of philosophy into context with modern communications and technologies

Distance learning

Flexible study designed to fit around work or other commitments

Online resources available 24/7

Get the support of our experts and peers through our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The MA in the Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology explores the world as a world of communication. It brings together philosophy, the sciences, information theory, and technology studies to explore ideas and challenges facing us today and tomorrow.

Explore the future of philosophy with Staffordshire University. In our unique MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology you will delve into various eras of philosophical importance, applying theories and practices to modern 21st century issues – giving you a fresh and scientific perspective to take into your lifestyle and career.

Our research-driven course pays particular attention to new materialisms, feminist epistemologies, cyborg philosophy, process philosophy and to a range of contemporary and historical figures whose work brings insight into the world of today and the challenges posed by the age of technology and information. What’s more, with our course, you’ll have the chance to demonstrate your knowledge, and to develop  perspectives on problems that demand our attention today, such as our relation the nature and the transformation of what we understand as human through new technology

This course is delivered entirely online through our innovative distance learning study method. This means that wherever you are in the world, and whatever your working, social, or domestic commitments are – you have the chance to study to make a difference to your lifestyle, career opportunities and interpretation of today’s digital world.

Explore the future of philosophy with Staffordshire University. In our unique MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology you will delve into various eras of philosophical importance, applying theories and practices to modern 21st century issues – giving you a fresh and scientific perspective to take into your lifestyle and career.

Our research-driven course pays particular attention to new materialisms, feminist epistemologies, cyborg philosophy, process philosophy and to a range of contemporary and historical figures whose work brings insight into the world of today and the challenges posed by the age of technology and information. What’s more, with our course, you’ll have the chance to demonstrate your knowledge, and to develop  perspectives on problems that demand our attention today, such as our relation the nature and the transformation of what we understand as human through new technology

This course is delivered entirely online through our innovative distance learning study method. This means that wherever you are in the world, and whatever your working, social, or domestic commitments are – you have the chance to study to make a difference to your lifestyle, career opportunities and interpretation of today’s digital world.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology

Part-time study

Our MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology is available to study on a Full-time or Part-time basis

Part-time study

Our MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology is available to study on a Full-time or Part-time basis

Course content

In a typical full-time course, our MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology is broken up into three semesters, each contributing to your final qualification.

In your first semester you will to examine ontological perspectives on relations and networks in the module The Mirror Universe and Relational Ontology. During the first semester you’ll also have the option to choose between two 20-credit modules that include Information and Communication and Knowledge and Politics.

In semester two, you will then look into our connection with nature and the relation between nature and politics in the Contracts with Nature module. As well as firming up your academic techniques with our module on Research Skills you will also be able to choose between two optional modules, Information and Communication and Research Topics in continental Philosophy.

Your final semester will see you complete a bespoke Research Project, negotiated and approved by your tutor. The focus of you project will address real-world issues related to philosophy, nature, information and technology, but will ultimately be driven by yourself and supervised by Staffordshire University.

During part-time study you will cover the same modules, with semesters spaced out to allow for extra study time.

In a typical full-time course, our MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology is broken up into three semesters, each contributing to your final qualification.

In your first semester you will to examine ontological perspectives on relations and networks in the module The Mirror Universe and Relational Ontology. During the first semester you’ll also have the option to choose between two 20-credit modules that include Information and Communication and Knowledge and Politics.

In semester two, you will then look into our connection with nature and the relation between nature and politics in the Contracts with Nature module. As well as firming up your academic techniques with our module on Research Skills you will also be able to choose between two optional modules, Information and Communication and Research Topics in continental Philosophy.

Your final semester will see you complete a bespoke Research Project, negotiated and approved by your tutor. The focus of you project will address real-world issues related to philosophy, nature, information and technology, but will ultimately be driven by yourself and supervised by Staffordshire University.

During part-time study you will cover the same modules, with semesters spaced out to allow for extra study time.

MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology

MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology

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Prof. David Webb talks about the ideas and concepts informing the MA Philosophy of Nature, Information and Technology.

Entry requirements

Honours degree of 2:2 or above, or relevant professional experience.

Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.

The course is delivered through digital platforms so internet access is a requirement.

Honours degree of 2:2 or above, or relevant professional experience.

Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.

The course is delivered through digital platforms so internet access is a requirement.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Blackboard (VLE)

Blackboard is a virtual learning environment which houses your learning content.  It enables online teaching/learning, provides spaces to build online communities and knowledge sharing.

Careers

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

  • Education
  • Third Sector Organisations and NGOs
  • Policy roles
  • Civil Service
  • International or regional organisations.

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be supported in the work you do for each module by the module tutor. In addition to providing learning resources, the tutor will take part on the module discussion board. You will also be able to contact with your tutor by email and face to face tutorials may be arranged at key stages of your work.

You will be supported in the work you do for each module by the module tutor. In addition to providing learning resources, the tutor will take part on the module discussion board. You will also be able to contact with your tutor by email and face to face tutorials may be arranged at key stages of your work.

Assessment

The work you prepare for assessment may include essays, discussion board contributions, critical analyses, video presentations and reviews. You will have a lot of independence to devise your own essay topics and the questions you address in other assessments. This way you will be able to develop your own interests through the work you do.

The work you prepare for assessment may include essays, discussion board contributions, critical analyses, video presentations and reviews. You will have a lot of independence to devise your own essay topics and the questions you address in other assessments. This way you will be able to develop your own interests through the work you do.

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 with:

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

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on all your assessments and through a weekly discussion board.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on all your assessments and through a weekly discussion board.

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.

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 £11,222 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.

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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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