This programme draws on our long-established strengths in research and teaching in Continental Philosophy. It is distinctive in offering an unusually broad range of module options specifically in this area of philosophy, covering major figures and themes, as well as more specialised or less mainstream topics. Because of the breadth of our expertise in this area, whichever module option you choose, you will be taught by world leaders in their respective fields. Unlike some other postgraduate programmes, you’ll have the chance to choose all of your course work and your dissertation from the field of Continental Philosophy, although modules from other philosophical traditions or subject areas can also be taken.
If you are looking for a course that gives you an exposure to Continental Philosophy that is both broad and in-depth, this is likely to be the right course for you. The influential Leiter Report 2018 ranks our graduate programme 1st in the UK and 7th internationally in the area 20th Century Continental Philosophy. In the category 19th Century Continental Philosophy we are ranked 1st in the UK and 6th internationally. The 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks the research produced by our department as 1st in the UK.
On this course, you'll have the freedom to choose six modules from our department's extensive selection; two must be selected from the list of modules in Continental Philosophy, while the rest can be on any topic in the department. You can view our complete listing of Philosophy modules on our module webpage. So, whether you're interested in Nietzsche, Kant's Aesthetics, Hegel's Science of Logic or 20th Century French Philosophy, you'll find modules here that suit you.
You might wish to take this MA as a self-standing degree, to enhance your knowledge of Continental Philosophy, or perhaps you wish to take this programme as an entry route to PhD research in Continental Philosophy. Either way, we'll offer you a comprehensive education in the Continental tradition.
Support outside the classroom
More information on general opportunities and support outside of the classroom can be found below. Specific Continental Philosophy opportunities include:
We have a regular fortnightly seminar on Post-Kantian European philosophy in which both young and established scholars talk on their current research. We are host to some of the most cutting-edge research taking place in the world today. Speakers who have visited us in the past include Alain Badiou, Robert Bernasconi, Howard Caygill, Daniel Conway, Simon Critchley, Simon Glendinning, Peter Hallward, Beatrice Han-Pile, Joanna Hodge, Stephen Mulhall, Peter Osborne, and Alison Stone.
Graduate Conference in Continental Philosophy
Each year our graduate body of MA and PhD students meet over three days to take part in a lively graduate conference, providing a valuable opportunity to host and to give research papers and to interact with one another. Students are involved in the design and organisation of the conference, which involves visiting plenary speakers and panels.
Pli: the Warwick Graduate Journal of Philosophy
Our graduates annually edit and publish Pli, a journal that showcases new research in continental philosophy by both young and established scholars. To date it has published special issues on Spinoza, Nietzsche, Schelling, Simondon, Deleuze, Foucault, Materialism, the Transcendental, and the philosophy of the body. New graduates are actively encouraged to get involved in this exciting dissemination of new philosophical research.
A representative selection of 2017/18 academic year modules likely to be of interest to those on the MA in Continental Philosophy:
- Hegel's Aesthetics (PH9F5-20/30)
- Hegel's Science of Logic (PH923-20/30)
- Nietzsche (PH924-20/30)
- Origins of Phenomenology: Husserl and Early Heidegger (PH955-20/30)
- Benjamin, Lukàcs, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics (PH967-20/30/36/45)
- Topics in 20th Century French Philosophy I (PH9A5-20/30)