Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

European Philosophy (Aesthetics)

This specialist programme focuses on the philosophy of art from the perspective of modern European philosophy. It combines the study of aesthetics from the 18th century onwards with the philosophical analysis of film, and an exploration of the work of some of the major philosophers within modern and contemporary European Philosophy, such as Leibniz, Hume, Ravaisson, Bergson, Heidegger, Derrida, and Foucault. The modules offered vary from year-to-year, but all draw on the research specialisms of members of the department. 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.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper 2nd-Class undergraduate UK Honours degree in a relevant subject, or an international equivalent qualification. If you have a different background you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

Course modules

Modules will include a selection from the following: The question of art from Kant to Nietzsche; the origin of the work of art; key texts in modern European philosophy; contemporary interpretations of Plato; philosophy and film; Heidegger and Levin as; Jean-Luc Nancy: the experience of freedom; the philosophies of habit; Bergson and the neo-vitalist tradition; the human and the animal, prosthetics and deconstruction: Jacques derrida; dissertation.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

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