The MA Philosophy and the Arts is an interdisciplinary degree that allows you to combine study of philosophy with any or all of three arts disciplines. Warwick has been a home for interdisciplinary work in philosophy and literature since the early days of the university, and this new degree is the successor to Warwick’s long-standing MA in Philosophy and Literature.
The degree is designed to take advantage of Warwick’s strengths across Philosophy, English and Comparative Literary Studies, History of Art, and Film and Television Studies. Warwick has excellent research strength in all of these areas, and it also has lively scholarly interaction across these fields, especially through the programming of the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts.
On this programme, you will participate in this intellectual community, pursue advanced study in two or more disciplines, and address questions about philosophy and the arts that speak to your individual interests. A first degree in philosophy is not required for you to study on this programme. However, some grounding in theoretical study of one or more arts is essential.
You will take Topics in Philosophy and the Arts. The further structure of the degree will depend on whether you choose to take the dissertation or non-dissertation route.
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award.
If you write a dissertation you will take a total of three optional modules (one from Philosophy and two from the other contributing departments). Your dissertation project can be supervised by faculty members from any of the contributing departments.
If you take the non-dissertation route you will take five optional modules (up to three within Philosophy and at least two from other contributing departments).
Links to modules available from other contributing departments can be found here.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
If you choose the dissertation route, you will follow a programme of taught modules making up 120 CATS (academic credits), followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS; if you choose the non-dissertation route, you will follow a programme of taught modules making up 180 CATS. Your exact pathway will depend on your selection of optional modules. Philosophy modules are assessed through essay coursework. We offer a wide range of optional modules reflecting the great breadth of research areas we have in our department.
Full-time students will undertake taught modules and submit assessed essays for these during the academic terms.
If you take the dissertation route, you will also begin planning your dissertationand generally you will undertake your supervision sessions for this with your agreed supervisor during the summer term. As long as you pass your taught components, you will then focus on completion of your MA dissertation in the summer months of July and August.
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year
Part time: (Part-time fees are charged over the first 2 years of study)
Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year
Find out more about fees and funding.