• Distance learning – high quality British postgraduate degree without having to buy an umbrella, or drink warm beer.

  • Depending upon your subject and module choices, work with many different staff across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Virtual visiting speaker programme – debate philosophy with prominent figures from around the world.

  • As well as learning about philosophy, you will also learn valuable skills of research, writing and effective communication.

  • We also offer supervision for the research degree of PhD. 

  • Postgraduate loans now available

This MA is an exciting and rare opportunity to study the most fascinating figures and themes in philosophy. We guide you through key philosophers in the European tradition, including Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault, treating along the way their ideas concerning such fundamental problems as the nature of time, the human, ethical or political practices, and history.

Philosophy in the ‘Continental’ (or ‘European’) tradition is the most widely influential branch of philosophical enquiry. Not only does it offer intriguing analyses of aspects of human life and our world, but it is required reading for the study of social, cultural, political, media, literary or art theory. The course begins historically, starting from Kant and German Idealism, and traces influences and reactions through the next two centuries. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take an optional module from Departments elsewhere in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The degree culminates in a major supervised research project.

This course will build on your previous studies of philosophy – or any of the related subjects just listed. It will be suitable for you whether you are studying just for the sake of interest, or as preparation for a PhD programme. You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars in the field (including David Webb and Douglas Burnham).

The degree runs by distance learning. Because it is online, you will find the fees very competitive, and of course you will save money also on travel. We provide a suite of internet-based resources for you to use (lectures, notes, questions to work on, readings, and millions of digitised pages from the Staffordshire University library), a discussion forum for you to exchange and debate ideas with your teachers and fellow students, virtual visiting speakers from around the world, and a team of leading academics to support you throughout your study.

Study Details:

MA 2 years Distance Learning

Module Details:

Core modules will cover the following areas:

  • Transcendence and the Body

  • Phenomenology and Ontology

  • Masters Dissertation

 Option modules available:

  • Contemporary Social Theory

  • Culture and Identity

  • Concepts in International History

  • Contemporary International Relations Theory

  • Knowledge and Politics

Student Destinations

Because of its adaptability to your needs and interests, this MA award is suitable for all kinds of students. We welcome those studying simply out of an interest and passion for the subject, those looking to use their skills in teaching or further academic study at PhD, and those looking for a subject-based postgraduate course to enhance their career skills and prospects.


Home and EU students: £28.50 per credit

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, 2.1 or higher (or equivalent). Or an appropriate level of interest and relevant experience.

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