Taught course


University of Essex · School of Philosophy and Art History

Entry requirements

A good first degree (first class, upper second class or 2.2 honours) or equivalent in philosophy or in other relevant discipline in the humanities or social sciences, or evidence of academic ability and suitable professional practice in a related field.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Philosophy provides those with a background in philosophy,as well as a variety of other backgrounds in humanities and social science, with a rigorous grounding in some of the principal thinkers and currents in European philosophy, from Kant to the present. It also offers you the opportunity, if you wish, to explore the dialogue between philosophy and psychoanalysis, which has been a prominent feature of European philosophy over the last century.

This course will develop your capacities for independent thought and critical reflection. You also build research skills appropriate to the advanced study of philosophy, thus providing you with the basis for progression on to a PhD.

Our School of Philosophy and Art History is widely regarded as one of the best in the UK, internationally renowned for our strengths in philosophy and continental philosophy, and in art theory and in modern and contemporary art. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), our research placed us among the top ten departments in the UK for both subject areas.

Our research and teaching in philosophy is unusual in the British context for its pluralistic outlook, so you can study the variety of philosophical traditions which have developed on the continent of Europe, as well as Anglo-American or 'analytical' philosophy. Our acknowledged research strengths mean we are home to the journal Inquiry, and also to the Essex Autonomy Project, a major interdisciplinary project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which aims to investigate the role of autonomous judgment in many aspects of human life.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719