University of Sussex

University of Sussex


This course offers an advanced general grounding in philosophy, which forms a good basis for further research. It includes modules in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy, reflecting the wide range of interests within the Department of Philosophy. You may decide to concentrate on just one of these traditions, or to take modules from both of them. If you have a particular philosophical interest, you can choose one of our three designated MA pathways: analytic philosophy; continental philosophy; aesthetics.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in philosophy, but related disciplines may also be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: you take 1 from: philosophical topics; phenomenology; plus either the 2nd of these or 1 from: analytic aesthetics; Kant; mind and reality. Spring term: philosophy reading seminar; plus 2 of continental aesthetics; ethics; Hegel and Marx; language and truth; philosophy special subject; political and legal philosophy; approved alternative option. The philosophy special subject module allows you to work at an advanced level on a topic close to a tutor�s research interests. Topics that may be on offer include: Adorno; epistemology; Hegel; Heidegger; Husserl; Kant; Marx; metaphysics; philosophical logic; philosophy of language; philosophy of mind; Wittgenstein. One of the spring-term options may be replaced by an approved module from another MA, including: Derrida (MA in literature and philosophy); emotion and consciousness; gender and representation (MA in media and cultural studies); photography and 20th century visual culture (MA in art history); power and religion: Nietzsche, Foucault, Kafka (MA in literature and philosophy); the Frankfurt school and critical theory (MA in social and political thought). Summer term: you take the dissertation training workshop and undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed by term papers of 5000 words. At the end of the year you also submit a dissertation of up to 15000 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