Philosophy MLitt

School of Humanities

Explore philosophy in the contexts of science and the arts and humanities, and the role it has in the twenty-first century

Start date

September 2021


12 months

Study mode

Full Time


Dundee City Campus

Study philosophical approaches to understanding new materialisms and realisms, and their significance within the context of recent scientific developments.

You will also learn about the ways in which we can understand the role of the imagination in philosophy and its significance within recent social, literary, and cultural contexts.

You can study continental philosophy in relation to aesthetics and art, philosophy of technology, philosophy of science (especially biology), and socio-political problems.

As well as engaging with a variety of key sources and figures in the continental tradition, you will also explore related areas, such as psychoanalysis, sociology, political theory, and literary criticism.

Topics of study in the past have included:

  • the faculties of imagination
  • the image
  • the importance of 'place' for imagination
  • the zoological imagination
  • the temporal-political imagination
  • the unconscious

We host work-in-progress seminars as a forum for you to present and discuss your work, and you are also invited to contribute to our annual Humanities Postgraduate Conference and to get involved in our postgraduate community.

Through the activities of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy you will also be able to attend regular research seminars, with papers given by invited international and UK speakers. The centre aims to foster the study of continental philosophy in all its historical and contemporary forms and to make connections to other philosophical traditions and academic disciplines.

“Dundee is one of the only places specialising in continental philosophy in Scotland, which I like because you’re taking ideas, and not just talking about the past or history, but applying them to present day problems in the real world. The staff are more than happy to work with you to do that.”

Catriona Leslie, MLitt Philosophy student

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