Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Literature and Philosophy

Kingston University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are: BA or BSc: In normal circumstances, at least a 2:1 or upper second class honours degree will be required. Exceptionally, an equivalent will be considered on an individual basis-for example relevant experience in the workforce, supplemented by a written sample analysing and justifying why the candidate should be accepted. All candidates will be interviewed either in person or by Skype/phone.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note this course is subject to validation.

Choose Kingston's Literature and Philosophy MA

The Literature and Philosophy MA draws on the interdisciplinary relationship between literature and philosophy. It combines rigorous philosophical and cutting-edge literary study, at the same time as critically examining questions pertaining to the relationship between the two disciplines in an inclusive, critical and non-partisan manner.

The course demands the best of its students, while at the same time providing a supportive pedagogical environment, in which teaching is student-centred and research led. You will be challenged to engage in critical thinking in ways that will prepare you for a range of careers.

On the course you will be able to draw on the resources of not only literature and philosophy, but also creative writing, journalism and publishing, and in a faculty that incorporates the study of film, psychoanalysis, drama and dance. You can therefore take advantage of a broad range of intellectual and creative resources.

What will you study
The course offers you a broad range of topics in English, including gender, race theory and postcolonial literature and theory medieval literature, Shakespeare, the gothic, the American Suburban novel, Iris Murdoch, slavery and empire. It also offers you the chance to engage in continental philosophy with an emphasis on deconstruction, French thought, German idealism, critical theory, aesthetics, contemporary feminist, modern continental thought and psychoanalysis. The core module offers you the chance to interrogate the boundary between English and philosophy, focusing on their divergent assumptions as well as their connections. It pushes you to think about what is unique to each discipline, and what each discipline can bring to the other.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules on this course:
Interdisciplinary Investigations: An Introduction to Literature and Philosophy
Humans and Animals
Mappings and Crossings
Markets and Materiality
Sex and Text
Trauma and Justice
Recent French Philosophy
Plasticity and Form
Art Theory: Modernism, Avant-Garde, Contemporary

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Fees and funding

For more information please see: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/literature-and-philosophy-ma/fees-and-funding.html

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929