Taught course (will run subject to approval)

European Philosophy

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

First degree: Normally a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. However, applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Alternative entry requirements: We will consider students from non-traditional backgrounds on the basis of the submission of a substantial essay on philosophy, or demonstrable research experience, and an interview. Interviews may be held in cases where entry requirements are not formally fulfilled, and essays may also be requested.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway's MA in European Philosophy offers one of the few Masters-level programmes in the country to specialise in the 'European' tradition in philosophy.

Drawing on core research and teaching strengths in 19th and 20th-century French and German thought, the MA gives students the opportunity to study the development of European philosophy from Kant’s critical philosophy onwards, with a focus on German Idealism, the German phenomenologists and the Frankfurt School on one side, and the French philosophical movements in the 20th Century from Bergson and the existentialist movement through to poststructuralism and psychoanalysis.

Options focus a variety of topics and thinkers, focusing on the Continental tradition in political philosophy, the Frankfurt School, the role of aesthetics in the development of European thought, and more.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/feesandfunding/home.aspx

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
20 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Professor Andrew Bowie