Taught course


University of Dundee · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have an honours degree, at first class or upper second class. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.

Students should provide, along with their postgraduate application, copies of their degree transcript and, if applicable, a copy of their degree award certificate, two reference letters and written work in a subject relevant to literary study.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Study philosophical approaches to understanding new materialisms and realisms, and their significance within the context of recent scientific developments.

You will also learn about the ways in which we can understand the role of the imagination in philosophy and its significance within recent social, literary, and cultural contexts.

You can study continental philosophy in relation to aesthetics and art, philosophy of technology, philosophy of science (especially biology), and socio-political problems.

As well as engaging with a variety of key sources and figures in the continental tradition, you will also explore related areas, such as psychoanalysis, sociology, political theory, and literary criticism.

Topics of study in the past have included:

  • the faculties of imagination
  • the image
  • the importance of 'place' for imagination
  • the zoological imagination
  • the temporal-political imagination
  • the unconscious

We host work-in-progress seminars as a forum for you to present and discuss your work, and you are also invited to contribute to our annual Humanities Postgraduate Conference and to get involved in our postgraduate community.

Through the activities of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy you will also be able to attend regular research seminars, with papers given by invited international and UK speakers. The centre aims to foster the study of continental philosophy in all its historical and contemporary forms and to make connections to other philosophical traditions and academic disciplines.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Dominic Smith
+44 (0)1382 384672