University of Southampton

University of Southampton


The course offers a grounding in aesthetics and philosophy of the arts; it is designed to meet the needs of those who have already studied aesthetics at undergraduate level and those with degrees in other but related subjects (such as English and music) who wish to explore the philosophical underpinning of reflection on the arts; it allows students the opportunity to explore both the history of aesthetics and contemporary philosophical debate about the arts, and can provide the basis for future research at PhD level.

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd class Honours degree or equivalent in Philosophy or a relevant subject. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in another approved English language test.

Course modules

Core modules: Topics in contemporary aesthetics; classic texts in philosophy: value; research skills; dissertation; 2 specialised modules from: aesthetic value; aesthetics of the environment; art and emotion; contemporary analytic philosophy of art; the philosophy of horror and tragedy; the philosophy of film; philosophy of music; poetry and philosophy in Plato and Aristotle; 18th-century British aesthetics; Kant�s aesthetics; Schopenhauer�s aesthetics; Nietzsche�s aesthetics; Collingwood�s aesthetics.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
023 8059 6809