This course starts in January 2018 (January start for part-time only).
This specialist programme aims to provide you with a foundation in modern european philosophy from the late 18th century to the present day, focusing on the European tradition (Leibniz, Hume, Ravaisson, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Bergson) as well as 20th century and contemporary philosophers (Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard and Nancy), and on the major areas of contemporary philosophy such as phenomenology, post-structuralism and deconstruction. The programme allows you to grasp the relations between philosophy and other disciplines such as aesthetics, art-theory, literary theory and political theory. The modules offered vary from year to year, but all draw on the research specialisms of members of the department.
The course is available to distance learning students via the internet. You can participate in the programme through an international forum following the same units as you would if attending in person. Teaching and learning is tailored for distance-learning students and includes online discussion groups and tutorials.
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This course starts in September and January (part-time only) . Online distance learning available. · 1 year full-time (campus-based or distance learning) · 2 years part-time (campus-based or distance learning) · Students can begin studying in September or January (part-time only) .
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,560 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £840 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £840 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £13,050 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1450 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1450 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £700
Features and benefits of the course
- Focus on European (continental) philosophy.
- Study in a friendly, supportive environment acclaimed for its high levels of pastoral care.
- Research seminar and reading groups on offer.
About the course
The MA European Philosophy focuses on some of the key philosophers and philosophical movements in European philosophy from the 18th century through to the present day. It is designed to allow students to develop advanced philosophical and research skills, and encourages the application of these skills to significant contemporary issues and concerns.
Typical units of study may include
Modules will include a selection from the following:
- Key Texts in Modern European Philosophy
- Contemporary Interpretations of Plato
- Philosophy and Film
- Jean-Luc Nancy: The Experience of Freedom
- The Philosophy of Habit
- Bergson and the Neo-vitalist Thought
Consists of a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice.
Key Texts in Modern European Philosophy: The Monadology
This unit is devoted to a close reading of G. W. Leibnizs Monadology, a seminal text for modern European philosophy, with the aim of understanding not only Leibnizs doctrines and his arguments for them, but the context in which they were developed. It will introduce you to the advanced use of secondary literature.
Likely Optional Units
Bergson and Neo-vitalist Thought
This unit will examine the philosophy of Henri Bergson in relation to developments in French philosophy and the life sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries. Bergson's thought has formed the basis for late 20th century revivals of interest in vitalism, the primacy of process and memory, and the fragmentation of traditional accounts of subjectivity. The main strands of Bergson's thought will be studied with particular reference to Matter and Memory (1896) and Creative Evolution (1907). We will also look at excerpts from some of his respondents and critics, such as Canguilhem, Foucault and Deleuze.
Contemporary Interpretations of Plato
This unit is concerned with contemporary interpretations of Plato, the Sophists and the Cynics within the tradition of European philosophy as a basis for reflection on the predicament of nihilism and its provocations for philosophical thinking. Famously, the philosophical tradition has been said to be a series of footnotes to Plato. By studying key interpretative writings on Plato by two major 20th century European philosophers, and in particular the relation between truth, art and style in Platos writings, the course will establish the essential link between the critical delimitation of the philosophical tradition and the interpretation of Plato. It will show how this delimitation is as a response to the historical phenomenon of nihilism, identifying the specific conception of nihilism offered by each philosopher and assessing its implications.
Jean-Luc Nancy: The Experience of Freedom
This unit takes a single text (either, The Experience of Freedom (1988), of Being singular plural (1996) by Jean-Luc Nancy, as the focus for discussing an embedding of questions of ethics in the wider context of analyses of meaning, and of ontological enquiry about what there is in the world, and how it can be experienced and known. Nancys enquiries are framed by the double challenge to ethical enquiry which arrives in the absolute evil of the persecutory camps of Stalin and Hitler, as diagnosed by Hannah Arendt, and in the impact of bio-genetic technologies posing a challenge to conventional conceptions of the human, nature and history. This unit examines the resulting displacement within Jean-Luc Nancys thinking of the classical themes of phenomenology and of political theory in his concern for making sense of freedom, as the condition basic to human understanding and experience. The classical themes of freedom and sovereignty, from political theory, are brought together with the phenomenological method of detailed description and attention to repeating features of experience, leading to a transformation of both political theory and phenomenology.
Philosophy and Film
This unit explores the nature of film and how we understand our experience of film. The unit critically analyses 10 classic films made in various countries over the period 1945-2005. It enables students to address two basic questions: 1) Of the various ways of approaching films, what is peculiar to analysing them philosophically? 2) Of the various ways of doing philosophy, what is peculiar to doing it on and with film? These issues are worth exploring on their own because they influence how we appreciate and engage with film, one of the most popular and accessible forms of art. Instead of using film to illustrate or ornament preconceived positions, this course shows how film can be made both the subject and object of critical reflection.
The Philosophy of Habit
This unit is concerned with the spiritualist tradition in 19th century French philosophy and its approach to issues concerning the nature of the self. The unit is focused on the work of Félix Ravaisson, who, in the middle of the century, forms an influential vitalist metaphysics on the basis of a dynamic conception of habit as inclination. The unit contextualises Ravaisson's work and the 19th-century tradition more generally with regard to Aristotle, the Scottish philosophy of the 18th century and developments in 20th century French thought.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment is continuous and based on a range of different coursework assignments (critical reviews, short and longer essays and a final dissertation of 12-15,000 words. You will also be able to participate in research seminars and reading groups.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpp/staff/
Why study in Manchester?
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Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and undoubtedly the most popular city for students in the UK. It is a vibrant city of culture, music and sport and as the worlds first industrialised city, has its roots firmly in innovation and business. It has a strong cosmopolitan character and a diverse population, attracting students from a broad range of backgrounds and countries.
Our local connections are also an important part of our strength and identity - Manchester is the UKs largest centre for financial and professional services, as well as art, design and media, outside of London. Our students and graduates are ideally placed to take advantage of the North Wests thriving business and cultural sectors. Manchester boasts the 12th largest regional economy in Europe and is a hub for creativity.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan University?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universitiesand with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The universitys extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our 2,300 academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
Situated at the Manchester campus on Oxford Road, only minutes from the city centre, the facultys learning and teaching environment in the purpose built Geoffrey Manton Building is excellent, providing a comfortable and pleasant place to work. The building is constructed around a large central atrium and is bright and airy with stylish and pleasant social learning spaces, a lively café and areas for relaxation that have a unique European feel.
Our state-of-the-art lecture theatres are fully equipped with educational technologies, alongside our IT zones and purpose-built seminar rooms, all helping to ensure that you will be studying in facilities of a very high standard. The building houses our Multimedia Resource Laboratory, which incorporates teaching rooms with the latest hardware and software, seminar and meeting rooms, plus twenty iMacs.
Students on this course will also have access to the full suite of universities facilities including the Business School, All Saints Library and the Student Union.
Dedicated student support
Humanities, Languages & Social Science has a full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services, including a dedicated Postgraduate Student Experience Tutor who can assist students with advice, pastoral care and any issues you may encounter during your time here. Students also have access to the Careers and Employability Hub located in the business school, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Students' Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city, the campus is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. Thats why Manchester was voted UKs most liveable city in 2015.
Campus accommodation is available for postgraduate students. There is also a number of nearby districts and suburbs popular with students.
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Typical entry requirements
You will normally have at least an upper second-class undergraduate UK honours degree, preferably in single or joint honours philosophy, but other disciplines and internationally equivalent qualifications or experience will be considered.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
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Career options after the course
This programme provides graduates with the skills to progress to higher research programmes and offers opportunities for the acquisition of skills applicable to a range of appointments in the public and private sectors, including publishing, journalism, teaching, finance and law.
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