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Philosophy and the Arts (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-V7PN
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Philosophy and the Arts is an interdisciplinary degree, allowing you to combine philosophy with any or all of the three arts disciplines. This MA is designed for students to take advantage of Warwick's strengths across Philosophy, English, History of Art and Film and Television Studies.

This course allows you to combine the study of philosophy with any/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 degree is the successor to Warwick’s longstanding MA in Philosophy and Literature. It is designed to take advantage of our 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 considerable scholarly interaction across these fields, especially through the programming of the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts.

Core Modules

  • Topics in Philosophy and the Arts

Optional Modules

This programme has a substantial variety of optional modules across the four Departments 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).

Previously, options have included:

  • Hegel's Aesthetics
  • Revolutionary Aesthetics
  • Philosophy through Film
  • World Literature and the Anthropocene
  • The Medical Mind in Literature
  • Colour and its Meanings
  • Film Criticism/Film Style
  • Screen Cultures and Methods


On this course, you will follow a programme of taught modules. If you choose to take the dissertation route, you will take 3 taught modules followed by a 10,000 word dissertation. If you take the non-dissertation route, you will take 5 taught modules. Your exact pathway will depend on your selection of optional modules. Philosophy modules are assessed through essay-based assignments.

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. If you take the dissertation route, 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 a related subject

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.