Manchester Metropolitan University

European Philosophy

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 online learning. 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.

Course modules

Modules may include: Core Units: Dissertation; Key texts in modern European philosophy: The Monadology. Optional units: Bergson and neo-vitalist thought; Contemporary interpretations of Plato; Jean-Luc Nancy: The experience of freedom; Philosophy and film; The philosophy of habit.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time January 2018 - 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years
MA Distance learning (full-time) September 2018 - 2 Years
MA Distance learning (part-time) September 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site M15 6BH North West

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