Taught course

Philosophy and Literature

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – in Philosophy or a related subject. Applicants must also submit a previous academic essay for assessment. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


Study many complex areas of philosophy, considering the work of Wittgenstein, Kant and Chomsky, plus exploration of phenomenology, metaphilosophy, C20th analytic and Classical philosophy all with UEA’s distinctive concentration of expertise and leading research in the areas of philosophy and literature. It is widely acknowledged that because the literary form of philosophy is part of its philosophical value, and the philosophical knowledge provided by literature is part of its literary value, both subjects naturally should be studied together.


The MA in Philosophy and Literature offers explores the deep links between the two subjects, allowing students to choose from a range of modules and share a research workshop jointly taught by philosophers and literary specialists. This MA is therefore a joint degree, with two core modules compulsory, and students select two other modules to complement them. All four modules are assessed by coursework essays. Students also write dissertation and participate in the philosophy postgraduate workshop.


In research and graduate teaching, UEA’s School of Philosophy collaborates with its internationally leading disciplines of Literature and Creative Writing, Environmental Sciences, and Economics. Philosophy offers a lively research environment that is an integral part of the UEA's vibrant Graduate School of the Humanities.


The MA is an ideal supplement to an undergraduate degree in either philosophy or literature, plus an excellent introduction to advanced research work in either field.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515