MA Philosophy and Literature

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Suited to graduates who majored in philosophy or English literature or both, this Master’s programme will allow you to investigate the links between the two disciplines and to discover areas for your own research.
You will take a selection of taught modules, both from Philosophy and from our world-famous School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. These will be complemented by a year-long programme of workshops, shared with our PhD students, which develops your skills in presenting your research to others and helps you get a sense of what it is to work on a PhD.
You will also write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing; this typically engages both your literary and philosophical interests, and usually follows on from some work done in the taught modules.
This degree will prepare you for applying for a PhD, but is also a strong postgraduate qualification that will be an advantage for many other possible paths and careers.



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Norwich (Norfolk)
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University Of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ

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About this course

Degree Subject Philosophy or a related subject Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent Special Entry Requirements A 3000 word essay from your previous degree should be uploaded to your online application.Students for whom English is a Foreign language We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 listening, 6.0 speaking, 7.0 writing and 6 .0 reading)PTE...

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Course programme

Like the Philosophy MRes, this programme is designed as a 12-month research training Master’s. One part (80 credits) is dedicated to the four Master’s-level modules, taken in the autumn and spring semesters – each of which must be passed separately – and a second part (100 credits) is dedicated to your dissertation in the summer (inclusive of attendance at a course-long workshop). It is also very well suited to students who want to continue their studies beyond the MA, purely for interest or to add value to their existing qualifications and take the subject further, and with no special intention of pursuing a PhD. Because it encourages initiative, the ability to reflect on one’s own studies, and a range of literary skills, and since it culminates in a substantial piece of research, this MA provides a good foundation for many leadership roles and graduate career routes.

The MA in Philosophy and Literature encourages you to explore the deep links between the two subjects at many levels. You can choose from a wide range of modules in both subjects, working alongside students in the renowned School of Literature and Creative Writing, and sharing the postgraduate workshop module and some core modules with the MRes Philosophy students. In the first semester there is a co-taught module featuring experts from both fields; this makes the MA a genuinely joint degree, and not one in which the two subjects are only taught in parallel.

In the autumn you take a core module in Methodology and Epistemology of Philosophy, and a research-led module called Criticism/Critique, which is an interdisciplinary exploration jointly taught by experts from our departments of Philosophy, Politics and the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. In the spring you will take the Philosophy of Literature module, where you will explore the core philosophical (aesthetic, ethical, and so on) questions we face in creating and engaging with the literary arts. You will also engage with a variety of influential readings concerning notions of truth, authority, meaning, morality and other themes in relation to literature and its value.

You may also choose one further module from options in literature or philosophy. These include Ludic Literature; Creative-Critical Writing; and you may also request supervision on a topic of your own design in a series of essays and one-on-one tutorials, as is the case for the MRes students. In addition, you will attend the Philosophy Postgraduate Workshop throughout the year, in which you and other students will exchange ideas and present your work for discussion, and take part in a variety of research activities in both departments.

In the summer, after completing the taught modules, you will undertake a dissertation, written on a subject of your own devising and under the guidance of a supervisor.

The degree can also be studied part-time.

Additional information

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:
UK/EU Students: £7,550
International Students: £15,800
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards. For further information relevant to Philosophy, please click here.

MA Philosophy and Literature

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