This is an exciting opportunity to study key philosophers in the European tradition, and to examine fundamental problems, such as the nature of time, the human, knowledge, ethical and political practice, and history. This course will be suitable for those with a first degree in philosophy, or in a cognate discipline. It can serve as a bridge to doctoral studies, at Staffordshire or elsewhere; or simply to satisfy your interest in the subject
The programme is designed to open up the full breadth of continental philosophy, from Kant, through Nietzsche and Heidegger, to Bachelard and Foucault.
The degree will run entirely by distance learning. A suite of internet-based resources will be provided (lectures, notes, readings, and the electronic resources of the Staffordshire University library). There will also be a discussion forum in which students can exchange and debate ideas not only with the tutors and fellow students, but also with leading academics from around the world who will participate as virtual visiting speakers.
This course is available either full or part-time.
We also offer the PhD, by on-campus study or distance learning.
The degree course is organised around four required taught modules:
In addition, students will prepare a dissertation: a supervised research project of circa 15,000 words.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Good quality first degree in philosophy, or a cognate subject (such as English, history, etc.). English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 Technological Requirements You will need an internet connection, and use of up to date internet browser and word processing software.
The University does not offer scholarships for this programme.
This course is fully accredited within the UK higher education system, and is internationally recognised.
Each taught module is 30 UK credits, and the dissertation is 60 credits. The degree thus totals 180 UK credits, which is roughly equivalent to 50 US credits.
Full time the degree takes 12-16 months; part-time 28-32 months.
We accept students beginning in September or January each year.