Philosophy MA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Examine modern and ancient philosophical thinking to address some of the fundamental questions facing humanity today

Start date
September 2024
4 or 3 years
Dundee City Campus

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If you find yourself thinking about life's big issues and questions, philosophy could be for you.

We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition, including some of the most exciting thinkers of the last century such as Nietzsche, Sartre, Deleuze, and de Beauvoir.

We help you look at how philosophy is important to real-world concerns and contemporary issues by:

  • exploring films and artwork
  • discussing important scientific and technological developments
  • debating controversial ethical issues
  • looking at how texts written three hundred years ago can be relevant to political situations today

At Levels 1 and 2 you will receive a grounding in ancient and modern philosophy and be introduced to fundamental ideas concerning ethics, epistemology (the nature of knowledge), and metaphysics (the nature of reality).

You then specialise at Levels 3 and 4 by drawing on a range of philosophy modules taught by lecturers engaging in interdisciplinary research.

You will study existentialism in relation to contemporary culture, technology, and film, and topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. You will also be encouraged to make links between philosophy and other subjects, such as politics, literature, film, the environment, psychology, and computer science.

“If people today looked back on the fundamental thoughts of philosophy, they would be able to treat the world with more care. I now have a concrete idea of the fundamental works in philosophy, and know how to use them when looking at other art mediums.”

Waco Yokohama, Philosophy and Film student


Top 20 in the UK for Philosophy

Guardian University Guide 2023

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