Research course


Newcastle University · School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
MLitt by research

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Philosophy is about critically thinking through the assumptions of the age. Our Philosophy MLitt is delivered by staff with strong research profiles in modern European philosophy and an interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration. We have a thriving research culture, with postgraduates working in philosophy or with colleagues in other disciplines.

Our lecturers have broad philosophical interests and specialise in modern European thought.
You can choose between standard academic dissertations or the more flexible context-based learning approach. Your personal interest will drive your context based learning. You will engage philosophically with an object or aspect of reality. You can read more about this approach on the Philosophical Studies web page.

Department specialisms

Continental philosophy and the history of European ideas (Vico; post-Kantian thought (including Hegel and German idealism); Kierkegaard; Nietzsche; Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Psychoanalysis; Bataille; Frankfurt School; the Situationists; Poststructuralism (including Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida); Posthumanism; Postmodernism (including Vattimo)), Aesthetics (philosophy and the arts; philosophy of music; philosophy and contemporary art; philosophy and literature (particularly Blanchot)), Ethics (theopractical, applied and social ethics), Social and political philosophy, philosophy and religion.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Julie Coomber, Philosophical Studies Secretary, Philosophical Studies
+44 (0) 191 208 7302