MA

Philosophy (by Research)

Philosophy dictionary entry
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Nottingham Trent University is home to a modern philosophy department which concentrates on contemporary aspects of Philosophy with particular strengths in 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Everyday Life, Film and Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion.

The MA in Philosophy (by research) is one of only a few MA courses that offers an advanced research MA which concentrates on numerous European philosophers and philosophical methodologies.

What you'll study

This focus on the latest thinking will allow you to apply a philosophical mindset to tackle real issues happening in the world today. The philosophy department at NTU is a very open community. You will have lots of access to our expert and supportive staff throughout the progress of your course.

The course has been designed to offer graduate students a thorough grounding in the key intellectual traditions that have defined contemporary philosophy. Through this course you will enhance your level of understanding of the ideas, contexts and techniques required to philosophise in both academic and non-academic contexts.

You may pursue a wide variety of self-devised research studying, but not limited to, the work of Wittgenstein, Husserl, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze and Derrida and focus on how the latest thinking is applied to real-world issues.

The MA in Philosophy (by research) has been designed to offer graduate students a thorough grounding in the key intellectual traditions that have defined contemporary philosophy. Through this course you will enhance your level of understanding of the ideas, contexts and techniques required to philosophise in both academic and non-academic contexts.

You will consider fundamental issues which arise around the role and practical application of philosophy in the 20th Century. You will be trained to critically assess the relevance of these philosophical methodologies in the wider context of economic, social, institutional, cultural, technological and particularly political changes taking place within the world today.

This will enable you to have a systematic understanding and knowledge of the following sub-topics and disciplinary themes:

  • Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche;
  • european philosophy; and
  • phenomenology.
  • Modules

    • Philosophical Approaches to the Humanities: includes a focus on utilising different theoretical and research methodologies issues such as interpretation, hermeneutics, ethnography, ethics, positionality, phenomenological approaches to research, post-structuralism and critical theory. In addition, we aim to provide you with research skills for life-long learning which allows you to develop transferrable research skills such as researching with impact, researching in industry, funding and grant application, and researching in an international context.
    • Dissertation: The course is designed to equip you with the requisite skills in critical thinking and reflection while familiarising you with the most current debates in contemporary philosophy. You will be encouraged to achieve a specialised appreciation of traditional philosophical questions about justice, equality, ethics, power and knowledge, intercultural communication, and gender difference within the wider context of contemporary global issues and events. You can study a wide array of philosophical themes including, but not limited to, analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, practical ethics, philosophy of mind and philosophy and everyday life.

How you’re taught

Assessment

Various formative and summative assessment methods are employed, ranging from essays and presentations to portfolios based on group projects, student-led conferences and of course the dissertation itself.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can: enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the ULP.

Careers and employability

This course is designed to not only enable you to enhance the base of your knowledge but to directly enhance your employability. Studying philosophy will help you to develop a broad range of transferable skills prized by employers. Studying philosophy encourages intellectual innovation, imagination and enterprise, and helps to cultivate the crucial philosophical skills for implementing research exercises: flexibility, project management, adaptability, independence, autonomous learning, creative and critical reasoning, and problem-solving.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is vocationally focused and will help you to develop a broad range of transferable skills.

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
full-time
Home / EU 
part-time
MA Philosophy (by research)£6,900£3,450
MA Philosophy (by research) (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,175£2,587.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MA Philosophy (by research) £13,250
MA Philosophy (by research) (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,937.50

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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