Taught course

Modern 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 Modern Philosophy offers a unique approach to postgraduate study of philosophy. Whereas most Masters programmes focus either on an area of Anglo-American ‘analytical’ philosophy, or on ‘European’ or ‘Continental’ Philosophy, our MA enables you to investigate both notional traditions of philosophy.

Incorporating both the analytical focus on technical philosophical problems and the European focus on the social and political implications of philosophy, the MA reflects the way in which many of the most important developments in contemporary philosophy are resulting from a new dialogue between the traditions, as seen in figures like Richard Rorty and John McDowell, who were trained in the analytical tradition but think it is vital to read Hegel and Heidegger, and Jürgen Habermas and Manfred Frank, who, although trained in the European tradition, engage with analytical ideas.

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. Please visit royalholloway.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our fees and funding page

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
20 months

Course contact details

Professor Andrew Bowie