University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Literature and Philosophy

This course builds on a strong tradition of crossdisciplinary research at Sussex, with strong links between the Department of Philosophy and the School of English. We examine central topics that arise at the intersection of philosophy and literature such as the autonomy of the work of art, literature as philosophy, ethics and literature, the experience of reading, style and narrative, modernism and modernity. Our aim is to enable you to trace your own path through the complex issues that arise in engaging seriously with both disciplines. Research in literature and philosophy benefits from activities organised by the Literature and Philosophy Research Network. Sussex offers a stimulating environment for creative thinking, open discussion and critical engagement with ideas from a wide range of sources including literature, philosophy (analytic and continental), psychology and intellectual history.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a subject relevant to the Masters degree.

Course modules

Autumn term: Explorations in philosophy and literature, and 1 optional module: analytic aesthetics; derrida; kant; modernist/postmodernist fiction in Britain; phenomenology; psychoanalysis and creative writing; style: the necessary failure; theory in practice. Spring term: 2 optional modules: continental aesthetics; creativity and utopia; deconstruction and creative writing; frankfurt school and critical theory; marxism and creative writing; philosophy special subject; psychoanalysis and the image; the politics of the unconscious. Summer term: Supervised work on the ma dissertation.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed by 5,000-word term papers. At the end of the year, you also submit a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678932