• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Philosophy involves being open to new and different responses to familiar and unfamiliar questions. Dundee is unique in Scotland in specialising in continental philosophy. This means we teach philosophy primarily through reading and discussing key texts from the European tradition, including some of the most exciting thinkers of the last century: Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault, Deleuze, and de Beauvoir. You will be encouraged to make links between philosophy and other subjects, such as politics, literature, film, the environment, psychology, and computer science.

If you ever find yourself thinking about big questions beyond everyday experience - questions that may never have a single, final answer - then you would probably enjoy studying philosophy.

We offer MA degrees both in Philosophy and in European Philosophy (where you specialise in continental thinkers such as Sartre, Derrida and Foucault).

Dundee is unique in Scotland in specialising in continental philosophy. This means we teach philosophy primarily through reading and discussing key texts from the European tradition, including some of the most exciting thinkers of the last century: Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault, Deleuze, and de Beauvoir, for example.

We explore how philosophy is important to real-world concerns and contemporary issues by:

  • drawing on films and artworks in our lectures
  • discussing important scientific developments
  • debating controversial ethical issues
  • looking at how texts written three hundred years ago can be relevant to political situations today

You will be encouraged to make links between philosophy and other subjects, such as politics, literature, film, the environment, psychology, and computer science.

Philosophy at Dundee has the highest number of specialist researchers and teachers on Nietzsche, existentialism, phenomenology and recent French and German philosophy in Scotland.

Our course ties Modern European philosophy to concrete, practical, and everyday questions-such as ethics, technology, economics, communication, work and art.

Student society 

The Philosophy Society is a thriving student-led group that meets regularly in term-time to listen to invited speakers and debate important philosophical questions.

Seminars, workshops and conferences

As a student with us, you will be able to attend the Philosophy research seminars, where you will hear papers by visiting international speakers working in some of the most exciting areas of contemporary philosophy. You will also be able to attend the interdisciplinary School of Humanities research seminars.

As you progress to Honours, you will be encouraged to attend workshops and conferences hosted by the staff and postgraduate students in Philosophy: recent events have examined issues in contemporary ethics, in philosophy and science, and in philosophy and art, and have investigated the work of key thinkers in contemporary European philosophy.

Field trips

Optional field trips to museums, archives and art galleries are also a regular feature, as we encourage you to link your philosophical studies to a broader cultural and social context.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
AB at Advanced Higher, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
ABB at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
AB at Advanced Higher, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
ABB at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

What you will study

Level 1 entry

With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

MA Philosophy, MA European Philosophy

Typical Degree Programme

At Level 1, you will study Plato and Descartes, as well as a variety of thinkers on the good life and the nature of reality. At Level 2 you will study existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Camus in relation to contemporary culture, technology, and film, and topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

Please note: for a Philosophy degree, students are required to take any two Level 1 or 2 modules (not necessarily one of each; it could be two at level 1, or two at Level 2).

You can then specialise in Levels 3 and 4 through taking different options including modules on technology, the self, art and religion.

For single Honours students the dissertation in Level 4 is the high point, where you put forward and defend a thesis in an area of philosophy of your choice. Recent dissertation topics have involved music, film, the environment, gender, law, evolutionary theory, artificial intelligence, photography, literature and theatre.

You will have the opportunity to study with experts in these fields and to work with them on major philosophers such as Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Bergson, Badiou, and Deleuze.

Level 1

A total of 6 modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus further MA modules.

Level 2

A total of 6 modules, typically including at least one of:

Plus further MA modules.

Level 3

A total of 4 modules (2 modules for joint Honours), from a list such as the one below, which varies from year to year:

Level 4

A total of 4 modules (2 modules for joint Honours), from a list such as the one below, which varies from year to year:

At Level 4, in addition to the modules listed above, it is possible to take ONE level 3 module.

Students on the European Philosophy programme must take 'Existential Themes in Technology, Culture and Film' at Level 2 and specialise in European Philosophy at Levels 3 and 4.

European Philosophy modules are marked with an asterisk*.

MA Film / Film Studies (joint honours with another subject)

Level 1

For a joint honours degree in MA Film Studies with another subject, you normally study a total of 6 modules including the following core modules:

Reading the Screen: An Introduction to Film Studies

Perspectives and Movements in Cinema

Plus 4 other level 1 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 2

For a joint honours degree in MA Film Studies with another subject, you normally study a total of 6 modules including the following core modules:

Classic Hollywood Cinema

Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Street


Plus 4 other  level 2 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 3

You study a total of 4 modules normally including the following Film Studies modules:

Plus 2 other modules from your other Joint Honours subject area

Level 4

You study a total of 4 modules including 2 of the following Film Studies modules:

Plus 2 other modules from your other Joint Honours subject area.

How you will be taught

You will attend two philosophy lectures per week, in which teaching staff will introduce you to the major themes and topics of a philosopher or philosophical problem. 

You will also attend a philosophy tutorial every week, where you will question and develop your own world views, construct arguments to defend them, and put together projects to illustrate them with a small group of students. 

You will also engage in independent reading and research, with specially designed worksheets and assignments to help you to do this most effectively. 

All Level 1 and 2 students have a tutor who leads the weekly tutorial discussion and who is there to help you if you need advice.

How you will be assessed

Assessment in philosophy is by coursework essays, tutorial performance, exams and dissertations. We take full advantage of the University's Virtual Learning Environment MyDundee: on some modules students write online journals, post minutes of tutorials, or take part in online discussions.

A philosophy degree provides you with intellectual and perceptual skills which are an advantage in the pursuit of any professional career. 

Studying philosophy will allow you to:

  • Identify and explain the underlying issues in all kinds of debate.
  • Read closely and become sensitive to arguments from a variety of sources and traditions.
  • Offer clear and rigorous critical responses to arguments.
  • Summarise and assess points of view which are not your own.
  • Learn the self-discipline required for independent research.

Employers recognise that these skills are highly transferable. They mark out independent and thoughtful individuals. 

As well as continuing to postgraduate study, recent graduates have gone on to work in publishing, social work, education, librarianship, the music industry, local councils and the civil service.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants. (This fee is subject to any changes to current government polic
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowPhilosophy MA (Hons)V500
Apply NowEuropean Philosophy MAV501
Apply NowEuropean Philosophy with French MAVR51
Apply NowEuropean Philosophy with German MAVR52
Apply NowEuropean Philosophy with Spanish MAVR54
Apply NowPhilosophy and Film MAVP53
Apply NowPhilosophy and International Relations MAVL5G
Apply NowPhilosophy and Politics MALV25
Apply NowPhilosophy and Psychology MACV85
Apply NowPhilosophy with French MAV5R1
Apply NowPhilosophy with German MAV5R2
Apply NowPhilosophy with Spanish MAV5R4