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This programme provides an understanding of the roles of creativity and imagination in artistic, social and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to think critically about the ways in which creativity and imagination have been neglected concepts and how they are immensely relevant today in understanding our historical situation. It mainly focuses on continental philosophy, with particular emphasis, for example, on Deleuze, Foucault, Gadamer, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Ricoeur and Sartre. Topics of study include faculties of imagination, idleness and leisure, the image, phenomenology of the imagination, the origin of art, play, and the unconscious. In addition to engaging with a variety of key sources in continental philosophy, students will also explore related areas, such as psychoanalysis, sociology and theology.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have a 2.1 Honours degree in English or a related discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered. Students should provide, along with their postgraduate application, copies of their degree transcript and, if applicable, a copy of their degree award certificate, 2 reference letters and written work in a subject relevant to literary study. IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if 1st language is not English.

Course modules

Philosophies of imagination; self-directed study; economies of creativity; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Written coursework/continuous assessment (essays, abstract, annotated bibliography) and a dissertation of approx. 10,000-12,000 words.

Sponsorship information



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 12,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 12 months
MLitt Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months
MLitt Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Dundee City Campus Dundee DD1 4HN Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01382 383838