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Continental Philosophy (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-V7P2
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Join the distinctive Continental Philosophy MA at University of Warwick. The Philosophy department offers a broad range of topics within the field of continental philosophy. Discover expertise on 19th and 20th century continental philosophy with specialist guidance.

This programme draws on our long-established strengths in Continental Philosophy. It is distinctive in offering an unusually broad range of module options specifically in this area of philosophy, covering 19th and 20th century Continental Philosophy, 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.

Core Modules

Due to the flexibility of this programme, there are no set core modules, but students will be required to take 40 CATS (2 modules) from a list of optional core modules.

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Hegel's Aesthetics
  • Hegel's Science of Logic
  • Nietzsche
  • Origins of Phenomenology: Husserl and Early Heidegger
  • Benjamin, Luk√†cs, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics
  • Topics in 20th Century French Philosophy I
  • Genealogy, Epistemology and Critique


On this course you will follow a programme of taught modules, followed by a 10,000 word dissertation. You will cover 6 modules - although your exact pathway will depend on your selection of core and optional modules. We offer a wide range of optional modules reflecting the great breadth of research areas we have in our department, so you will be able to tailor your course to your interests and aspirations. You will have a personal tutor who will be able to advise you on your academic progress as well as discuss aspects such as which modules are best for you.

For taught components, there are typically 2 hours of teaching per module per week, with seminars ranging in size from 8-20.


You will submit assessed essays during the academic terms. You will also begin planning your dissertation and 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.

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or a related subject with a significant philosophical component

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

This course is unlikely to include additional costs.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: NPower; Oasis Academy; Teleperformance and the University of Warwick. They have pursued roles such as: further education teaching professionals; IT business analysts, architects and systems designers; library clerks and assistants and secondary education teaching professionals.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Identifying Your Skills, Strengths and Motivators for Philosophy Students
  • Thinking about Work Experience for Philosophy Students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.